Trump joining with GOP senators to push immigration changes

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas will reintroduce an updated version of the legislation, called the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act. It would seek an immigration system based on merit and skills instead of family connections.

The Cotton-Perdue legislation would cut by half the number of legal immigrants accepted into the US each year.

"We want people that worked really hard in their country and that are going to come into our country and work really, really hard", Trump said at an event in OH last week, during which he mentioned working with Perdue and Cotton.

The effort, following his campaign pledge to reform the country's immigration system, expands on a bill introduced by the senators in February to cut the number of legal immigrants into the 50 percent over 10 years. Current immigration law allows US citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor their parents, siblings and married adult children for immigrant visas.

Kill the State Department's Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, a popular lottery program that selects roughly 50,000 people annually to permanently live in the USA, or roughly 0.3 percent of applicants to the program.

"Over the next 20 years, one thing I can say for certain is America is getting older and the number of workers coming up in the system is not where it has been in the past", Graham said at the time.

But backers of stricter immigration limits say allowing unskilled people into the country acts to keep wages low, especially for workers with just a high-school degree. Republicans, such as Lindsey Graham of SC, and John McCain of Arizona are likely opponents, and there's little enthusiasm among Democrats.

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