What's in David Perdue's new Trump-backed legal immigration overhaul?

Katrina Barker
August 3, 2017

That bill, which was also introduced by Cotton and Perdue, argued that the current amount of people coming into the US contributes to declining wages of Americans with high school diplomas.

President Donald Trump, along with Sen.

Economists broadly agree that immigration boosts the economy overall, including for native born Americans, but some studies also suggest that new immigrants depress incomes for certain low-skilled workers, especially in existing immigrant communities.

The bill aims to end the diversity visa lottery, which allows 50,000 people from underrepresented countries to obtain green cards. Both have advocated for reducing the number of legal immigrants to the U.S.

It would do so, the President said, by favouring English-speaking, financially stable immigrants. It would also use a skills-based point system to ensure that those highly-skilled immigrants who can provide important services and benefits to the US economy gain preference in admission.

President Donald Trump is not exactly known for consistent policy positions, but two of his most prominent goals are working against one another: His promise to push economic growth toward the 4% mark while at the same time cracking down harshly on immigration.

The legislation proposes to limit green cards to only spouses and minor children of U.S. residents, and not to extended family members and adult children. They say the legislation would disproportionately affect immigrants from Asia, the Middle East, and African and Caribbean countries.

But Cotton, Perdue and the president are backing a bill based on "a number of false premises", warned Cato Institute immigration expert David Bier, and the US economy needs more people-not fewer-to keep growing. It has the potential to seriously restrict the flow of legal immigrants into the country, all - ostensibly - in the name of protecting unskilled American workers. They stressed that the legislation was narrowly focused, an approach they hoped would be able to get bipartisan support.

"Ninety percent of all refugee households within six months of arrival are economically sufficient and contributing back to the economy at the local, state and federal level", McCrary said.

Critics of the bill also attacked its revisions to family-based immigration, arguing that such measures will dissuade skilled immigrants who would otherwise want to come to the US.

Mr Trump has long vowed to crack down on the United States immigration system.

"Are they being paid a high wage?" The prize of a green card to enter the United States should never be given away randomly, without regard to the interests of the American people.

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