President Donald Trump today joined with two GOP Senators to introduce his merit-based immigration reform, which is designed to help millions of Americans hurt by the nation’s current cheap-labor immigration policies.
The RAISE Act “will reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first, and that puts America first.”
The current immigration system, said Trump:
has placed substantial pressure on American workers, taxpayers and community resources, and among those hit the hardest … are minority workers competing for jobs against brand new arrivals. It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers … [this RAISE act] will give Americans a pay raise by reducing immigration… [and] it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens.
Democrats and their ethnic pressure groups are expected to oppose the immigration reform because they wish to increase the inflow of unskilled foreign migrants. Business groups also oppose the measure because it would raise wages and reduce the inflow of new welfare-aided consumers.
However, many polls show strong public support for cutting the annual inflow of immigrants and temporary blue-collar and white-collar foreign workers. That foreign inflow now adds up to almost 4 million people per year. The inflow has a huge economic impact on the 150 million Americans in the workforce, but especially on the 4 million young Americans who join the workforce each year.
The bill was drafted and is being pushed by Georgia Sen. David Perdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton. It is formally titled the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act.”
The nation’s immigration system “should help American workers to achieve a pay raise and have a higher standard of living,” he said. The new RAISE act “would raise economic growth and help America get more competitive,” said Cotton. “Our current system simply doesn’t do that … it puts great downward pressure on people who work with their hands and on their feet … it is a symbol that we are not committed to working-class Americans.”
Each year, only one-in-15 of the 1 million green card immigrants is accepted because of their ability to grow the economy, said Cotton.
“It is imperative that our immigration system focuses on high skilled workers who can add value to our economy and ultimately achieve their own version of the American dream,” said Perdue.
To help the bill survive opposition from media and business groups, the bill focuses only on green card legal immigration. It does not raise or lower the number of green card workers, such as H-1Bs, or constrict the annual award of work permits, dubbed “Employment Authorization Documents.”
Each year, the federal government provides green cards to roughly 1 million people. It also provides work visas to roughly 500,000 foreign workers, such as H-2Bs and H-1Bs, and it provides work permits to roughly 2 million people, including refugees and foreign graduates of U.S. colleges.
But if the RAISE act becomes law, Democrats and their business allies would lose the huge annual inflow of immigrants whom they expect will soon bring them national political dominance. That loss will pressure Democrats to compete for votes from working-class Americans by offering to slash the very unpopular inflow of visa-workers.
The proposed immigration reform was applauded by pro-American reformers. Roy Beck, the president of NumbersUSA said:
The RAISE Act introduced today by Senators Cotton and Perdue will do more than any other action to fulfill President Trump’s promises as a candidate to create an immigration system that puts the interests of American workers first.
Our recent polling confirms that American voters overwhelmingly want far less immigration because they know mass immigration creates unfair competition for American workers.
Seeing the President standing with the bill’s sponsors at the White House gives hope to the tens of millions of struggling Americans in stagnant jobs or outside the labor market altogether. NumbersUSA stands with these Americans in wholeheartedly endorsing the RAISE Act.
According to a statement from Perdue, the RAISE Act would:
• Establish a Skills-Based Points System. The RAISE Act would replace the current permanent employment-visa system with a skills-based points system, akin to the systems used by Canada and Australia. The system would prioritize those immigrants who are best positioned to succeed in the United States and expand the economy. Applicants earn points based on education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, age, record of extraordinary achievement, and entrepreneurial initiative.
• Prioritize Immediate Family Households. The RAISE Act would retain immigration preferences for the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents while eliminating preferences for certain categories of extended and adult family members.
• Eliminate the Outdated Diversity Visa Lottery. The Diversity Lottery is plagued with fraud, advances no economic or humanitarian interest, and does not even promote diversity. The RAISE Act would eliminate the 50,000 visas arbitrarily allocated to this lottery.
• Place a Responsible Limit on Permanent Residency for Refugees. The RAISE Act would limit refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 per year, in line with a 13-year average.
President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller said Trump’s new skills-based RAISE Act immigration proposal that benefits American workers is yet another example of how Trump favors the working class over the investment class.
In a heated briefing with legacy media reporters who are clueless about immigration beyond the hackneyed—and often misleading—talking points they are fed from amnesty advocates associated with the “Gang of Eight” Senators and technology titans like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Miller said that the RAISE Act is the “pro-American immigration reform that the American people want and deserve.”
Miller said because of America’s current immigration policies, there has been a “shift in wealth from the working class to wealthier corporations and businesses.” He said the government’s duty is to protect U.S. citizens and U.S. workers who are struggling to find jobs. He implored legislators to have “compassion” for American workers. He said it is not fair for a new business to open up in a place like Detroit and force unemployed American workers to compete with foreigners.
“This is what President Trump campaigned on,” Miller said. “This is a major promise to the American people.”
He noted that bringing in an endless flow of low-skilled workers and increasing the number of H-1B visas so technology corporations can replace American workers with foreigners who are not as qualified would only displace and harm U.S.-born workers and legal immigrants.
Miller said such policies hurt U.S.-born workers, immigrant workers, African-American workers, Hispanic workers, and blue-collar workers in general. Noting that nearly half of all immigrant-headed households receive government benefits, Miller said the RAISE Act would also help U.S. taxpayers.
Miller said there are bills that can only pass in the “dark of night” and others that can only pass in the “light of day.” He said the RAISE Act, which protects blue-collar workers while brining in workers who can add to the economy, is one that can pass in the “light of day.” He implied that the massive comprehensive amnesty bills that keep failing, even with all of the behind-the-scenes machinations, are ones that can only be passed in the “dark of knight” through subterfuge.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, while campaigning against the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill, warned that massive amnesty legislation would “decimate Main Street.” As Breitbart News reported, after Dave Brat’s shocking primary victory over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) because of the illegal immigration issue, Brat said that amnesty for illegal immigrants is the biggest issue that divides Wall Street from Main Street.
On Wednesday, Miller said the more “we as a country have a national conversation” about the RAISE Act, the more “immense” public support there will be for it and the more “unstoppable” the momentum will be for the bill. He challenged legacy media orgaizations to poll the public on the issue.