Most Voters Support Trump's Merit-Based Immigration Bill

IMMIGRANT VISA WAITING LIST NOVEMBER 2016

IMMIGRANT VISA WAITING LIST NOVEMBER 2016

Trump's approval rating among Trump voters and Republicans has also dropped.

Last week, President Donald Trump backed a Senate Republican-led proposal that cuts legal immigration and significantly reduces the annual number of us visas based on a strict definition of merit-based skills.

Still, as Mr. Krikorian pointed out, the proposed legislation establishes a new framework for the immigration debate, a framework of fewer immigrants.

The Democrat expressed doubt that the Trump-backed bill will see much movement on Capitol Hill.

Well, I can tell you for certain that it would not make our immigrant neighbors feel any more comfortable or secure - not that they have been feeling that way anyway, since the 2016 election. "It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers", the president said in a recent speech.

President Trump with Sen.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said the legislation was part of "a hateful, senseless anti-immigrant agenda that instills fear". Let's take the major reasons undocumented immigrants are undocumented - and make them worse. "And from both a policy and political perspective, decidedly un-American". But his effort to cut legal immigration failed: a majority of Senate Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, and a third of House Republicans voted against it. Congress then passed an elaborate system of penalties and enforcement measures for illegal immigration that became the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

"Was Barbara Jordan a white nationalist?"

In ten years, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, or RAISE Act, would reduce growth by.7 percent and eliminate 1.3 million jobs, according to the Penn Wharton Budget Model.

The spouse and children of U.S. citizens are not covered by the annual quota, but the same family members of lawful permanent residents are. The overall number of family visas also would be lowered. Instead of replacing those green cards, it would overhaul the employment-based visa system, switching over to a point-based system that places heavy emphasis on higher education, salary and English-language skills.

"This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy", said Trump.

Beyond that, the "skills" that warrant preference in US immigration policy are ripe for debate.

The immediate effect of this proposed policy change would be to reduce the number of immigrants from Latin America and to cut immigration overall, but its more lasting impact would be on making the US economy and population smaller.

Questioning legal immigration hasn't been an exclusively conservative position, however.

So given all that, isn't this bill off point? Richard J. Durbin, and 13 other current Democratic senators.

"More than 700,000 high-skilled immigrant workers from India are in the USA today on temporary work visas".

By preferring only college-educated immigrants, this GOP plan actually does reduce the number of good jobs for current American citizens, leaving the fast-food, hotel, landscaping and convenience store jobs for the rest of the country.

In many respects, it has lived up to the famous words on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor which state: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."׮ Unfortunately, President Trump's proposed legislation does not continue the spirit of the famous poem as the welcome would only go to those better educated, economically self-sufficient and already English speakers.

The diversity visa lottery is a favorite of the Congressional Black Caucus, which argues that it's one way to boost immigration from African countries underrepresented elsewhere in the immigration system.

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