On Wednesday, president Donald Trump announced plans for new immigration laws that will be useful for cutting the total number of immigrants admitted to the US by half over a decade and prioritizing those who can speak English or are well educated.
With the legislation, the number of refugees admitted to the US every year will drop to 50.000. Additionally, the legislation will eliminate the diversity visa lottery, which currently allocates 50,000 visas a year to residents of countries that do not currently send significant numbers of migrants to the US.
Republican senator Tom Cotton’s office informed that if the legislation passes, the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act would reduce the number of immigrants admitted to the US by 41% in its first year and by 50% over a 10-year-period.
Republican senator David Perdue, who talked alongside Cotton, described the bill as “legislation that would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half century” and indicated that it will fulfill the campaign promise to create a “merit-based immigration system that protects American workers and taxpayers”.
Cotton added that the current immigration system shows “we’re not committed to working-class Americans”and that it puts “great downward pressure on people who work with their hands and feet” and meant the US “lose[s] out on very best talent coming to our country”.
Even though the president, Cotton and Perdue stand behind his bill, it is very unlikely to pass Congress in its current form.
Many other politicians criticized the bill. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said this to reporters:
“This is different than illegal immigration. This creates jobs in America. This helps America, and we think it’s a non-starter.”
The White House criticized CNN anchor Jim Acosta because of his statement that the bill would do to the racial composition of immigrants to the United States. Acosta said:
“That is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish things said you’ve ever said.”
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