White House Says Trump Has No Plans To Shift Cabinet Members

03 August, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Trump, senators to unveil skills-based immigration bill | Democrats surge ahead on generic ballot: poll

"That is why we are here today: Merit-based", Trump said, joined at the White House Roosevelt Room podium by the bill's sponsors, Sens.

Trump announced his support for the RAISE Act at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, alongside Cotton and Perdue, throwing his weight behind what he called a new "merit-based" system.

The legislation, he added, will let in only immigrants who "can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy". Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA) released an updated version of a bill that overhauls the country's legal immigration system, pushing forward the president's agenda to limit the number of foreigners entering the United States.

Immigration restrictionists were elated over the re-introduction of the RAISE Act, noting that it would limit "immigration rights" to immediate family members like spouses and children. "They're not going to come in and immediately go and collect welfare", Trump added, relying again on the ugly stereotypes of immigrants as either lazy or unsafe that has regularly recycled since his campaign.

"The so-called RAISE Act being introduced by a pair of Republican senators would mark the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century, " Trump said.

Lost in the bluster was a vow to reform the legal immigration system "to serve the best interests of America and its workers". "President Trump ... should be applauded for recognizing the current dysfunction of our outdated immigration policies that, unlike the rest of the nation, have been stuck in a time warp for the last 50 years".

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The bill also caps annual refugee admissions at 50,000 and completely eliminates the diversity visa lottery, a Department of State program that awards immigrant visas to people from countries with historically low levels of immigration to the U.S.

"Our system is broken, but the response should be to modernize it, not take a sledgehammer to it", said Jeremy Robbins, executive director of New American Economy, a group of business leaders, mayors and others backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that advocates for comprehensive immigration reform.

Perdue and Cotton have criticized those historically high levels of immigration, saying they flood the US labor market with low-skill workers who drive down wages for poor and working-class Americans. It ultimately stalled in the Senate. "The bottom line is to cut immigration by half a million people-legal immigration-doesn't make much sense", Schumer said.

Senator David Perdue said that the proposal was partially formulated based on immigration policies in Canada and Australia.

"They're not going to come in and immediately go and collect welfare.They can't do that", he said.

"As a candidate I campaigned on creating a merit-based system that benefits American workers and taxpayers", he said.

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