Trump Aims for “Merit Based” Immigration with New Legislation

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FILE Photo: United States Border Patrol agents detained undocumented immigrants after they crossed into the United States from Mexico near McAllen, Tex. Credit John Moore/Getty Images

Aug 2, 2017, 8:57 AM ET


ABC News

President Trump is introducing legislation today with Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., aimed at cutting legal immigration to the United States, a White House official confirmed.

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 U.S. by 50 percent over 10 years. That bill, which has stalled for months in the Senate, would eliminate diversity lottery visas and limit the number of refugees offered permanent residency in the country each year.

Sen. David Perdue (L) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R) are pictured. (AP Photo)

Supporters of the proposal say it would help low-skilled American workers compete for work. Some Republicans and business groups have criticized the measure.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, 1,051,031 immigrants gained permanent residency in the United States in 2015.


Trump pushes for a ‘merit-based’ immigration system that slashes the number of legal immigrants

By Brian Bennett
The Los Angeles Times

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President Trump is pushing forward with his promise of a harder line on legal immigration, endorsing on Wednesday a Senate proposal to slash the number of immigrants admitted to the United States while favoring those with certain education levels and skills.

Trump announced his support for such an overhaul of immigration law during an event at the White House with conservative Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

The changes proposed in the bill, called the RAISE Act, would be the “biggest change in 50 years” to the immigration system, Trump said, and reflect the Trump administration’s “compassion for struggling American families that deserve an immigrant system that puts their needs first.”

For weeks, White House staff have been working closely with Cotton and Perdue on legislation to restrict how the United States admits immigrants and to move to what Trump has described as a “merit-based” system similar to that used in Australia and Canada.

The propsoal “ends chain migration,” Trump said, referring to the preference for uniting family members in the current immigration system, and would implement a points-based system for awarding lawful permanent residency, or green cards.

Foreign applicants would receive a higher score if they “speak English,” can financially support themselves and have skills that “can contribute to our economy,” Trump said.

The proposal has been praised by hard-line immigration groups, including NumbersUSA and the Federation of Immigration Reform, that advocate for lower immigration levels. But immigration advocacy groups are opposed, as are many economists who say the nation, with an aging population and low fertility rate, should be encouraging an influx of younger workers to spur economic growth.

The current U.S. immigration system favors uniting family members with relatives already in the country. It was built on the premise that any person, regardless of how much education or money they have, can come to the United States and create a productive life for themselves.

The prospects for the proposed immigration overhaul are dim. Any such changes would require support from moderate Republican senators such as Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and many Senate Democrats oppose making partial changes to immigration law without creating a pathway to legal status for immigrants who arrived in the country illegally and put down roots.

For Trump, supporting the proposal is something of a reversal. He has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to reduce the total number of immigrants admitted each year, yet the proposal by Cotton and Perdue would cut legal immigration by more than half.

Trump has also been reluctant to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, started by President Obama, which provides work authorizations to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump called the program “unconstitutional” during the presidential campaign, but also has expressed sympathy toward people who are in this country illegally through no fault of their own and were raised here.

At a rally in Ohio last week, Trump praised Cotton and Perdue and said he was working with the senators to replace “today’s low-scale system, just a terrible system where anybody comes in.”

“We want a merit-based system, one that protects our workers, our taxpayers, and one that protects our economy. We want it merit-based,” Trump said.

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