Stephen Miller, a White House advisor, announced on Wednesday the Trump administration’s support of the Raise Act, proposed legislation that would reduce legal immigration in the United States. The bill, if passed, would reduce the number of non-employment based green cards issued and, for some, limit the benefits associated with green card status.
Preference for green cards would go to high-skilled workers, including those with advanced degrees, special skills, or offers of employment from U.S. companies. Trump clarified that English speakers and those who can “demonstrate they can financially support themselves and their families” and close family members of American citizens, including spouses and young children, would also have priority.
The Raise Act would also cap the number of annual refugees admitted into the U.S. at 50,000 and eliminate the 50,000 green cards awarded through the Diversity Immigrant Visa lottery.
Proponents of the bill, including its sponsors, Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, have voiced that it would increase competition among the American workforce and drive wages up, but the proposed legislation met with opposition in Congress from both sides of the aisle. Opponents agreed that low-skilled labor is critical to economic stability in the U.S., and immigrants are welcome.
The bill is not likely to pass with so much criticism in Congress, but if it did, it would help the Trump administration fulfill a promise made on the campaign trail.
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