Amidst all the brouhaha over illegal immigration, it’s easy to forget that the United States currently allows well over a million legal immigrants every single year. And rather than filling skilled, in-demand jobs that improve the American economy, the vast majority compete with our country’s lowest paid workers, thus driving down their wages.
It’s no wonder Donald Trump won last November.
And now, if Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) get their way, a key Trump policy position will be the law of the land. One Tuesday, the two senators announced legislation designed to slash legal immigration in half.
If the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, is passed, the number of green cards issued every year would decrease from one million to 500,000. Some other key measures the bill would take are eliminating the outdated diversity visa lottery and putting a responsible limit on refugee permanent residency.
Naturally, many liberals are harshly critical of the law, even calling it “Draconian,” likely because they see a potential check on their years-long tactic of increasing their voter base through immigration.
Senator Cotton appeared on Fox News’ The First 100 Days on Tuesday to respond to those critics.
Calling the recommended 500,00 green cards per year closer to “historic norms” and generous compared to other nations, Cotton said, “What I simply think we need to do is get a legal immigration system that works for American workers. Over the last several decades we have seen wages stagnate for blue-collar workers. At the same time we’ve had record high numbers of unskilled and lower immigration. I think those two things are directly connected. With my legislation, we’re going to focus on American workers first.”
The Arkansas senator pointed out that currently, only one in 15 come with the “high skills our economy needs.” The rest are competing with people with a high school degree or lower for ever decreasing or stagnant wages.
Cotton and the voters who put Donald Trump in office believe it’s time for our legislative officials to do “what’s best for American citizens.
“I think it’s time we paid heed to last November’s election … and refocus our immigration system on working Americans.”
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