You can bet this is going to stir the ire of every liberal from sea to shining sea, but someone has to do the hard work and President Trump isn’t backing away from doing what is right for America.
This bill doesn’t tackle illegal immigration. It tackles legal immigration. It tightens the slack left in the lines from a sting of previous administrations.
The Washington Post has the details:
Trump appeared with Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in April to cut immigration by half from the current level of more than 1 million foreigners each year who receive green cards granting them permanent legal residence in the United States.
The outlines of the legislation reflect the aims Trump touted on the campaign trail, when he argued that the rapid growth of legal immigration levels over five decades had harmed job opportunities for American workers.
“This would be the most significant reform to the immigration system in half a century,” said Trump, flanked by the senators in the Roosevelt Room. “It is a historic and very vital proposal.”
… The new proposal calls for drastic cuts to family-based immigration programs that allow siblings and grown children of U.S. citizens and legal residents to apply for green cards. (Minor children and spouses would still be able to apply.) A point system based on factors such as English ability, education levels and job skills would be created to rank applicants for the 140,000 employment-based green cards distributed annually.
In addition, the senators also propose to cap refugee levels at 50,000 per year and to end a visa diversity lottery that has awarded 50,000 green cards a year, mostly to areas in the world that traditionally do not have as many immigrants to the United States, including Africa.
While the obvious benefits of such reform may not be readily apparent to some, it overhauls a system that has been eroding jobs for Americans for years.