Trump and senators seek to slash legal immigration

Trump Tries to Cut Legal Immigration by Half

Trump Tries to Cut Legal Immigration by Half

"This is probably our third or fourth visit to the Oval Office to work with President Trump", Cotton told reporters. While the GOP majority in Congress has been supportive of Trump's efforts to curb illegal immigration, the majority of conservative lawmakers have been more reticent to staunch legal immigration.

It would alter the immigration screening process to favor English speakers with the purported ability to support themselves financially and demonstrate skills that will benefit the economy, and would also, according to the president, prohibit recently arrived green-card holders from receiving welfare. VerBruggen calls that a major problem, with good reason: Politically, opposing legal immigration is not a good hill to fight on.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said the proposal appeals to extremist views and dishonors the USA tradition of being a nation of immigrants.

"We allow far more family-based rather than skill- and employment-based immigration", he said.

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But Russia , Lavrov said, is ready to normalize bilateral relations and cooperate on important issues on the global agenda. Russia's Foreign Ministry dismissed the new sanctions as "creating unfair competitive advantages for the US economy".

Trump has previously said he wants people to come in on merit, but also rebuffed the idea that he wants to reduce legal immigration.

President Donald Trump unveiled a much awaited plan to dramatically overhaul the nation's immigration system Wednesday by placing people with certain skills at the front of the line - while at the same time pushing others way back. "So, we're proposing to limit family-based migration to spouses and minor children". Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

But immigration advocates seized upon the bill Wednesday, arguing that not only are low-skilled immigrants and refugees essential to America's economy, but the proposed legislation does not actually create a "merit-based system" as Trump said. Legal immigrants coming into the U.S.at a rate 30 percent lower than ever before when the current population is taken into account, he said and that combined with Baby Boomers retiring droves and a historically low birthrate among Americans are setting the country up for a serious worker shortage "and I'm not sure if the senators are aware that they're being misled by these numbers". They stressed that the legislation was narrowly focused, an approach they hoped would be able to get bipartisan support. It has the potential to seriously restrict the flow of legal immigrants into the country, all - ostensibly - in the name of protecting unskilled American workers. Isn't it time we think about the most vulnerable, hardest working Americans? "Cutting legal immigration for the sake of cutting immigration would cause irreparable harm to the American worker and their family". The prize of a green card to enter the United States should never be given away randomly, without regard to the interests of the American people. They are routinely cheated out of wages, and are held "virtually captive" by employers, a 2013 Southern Poverty Law Center report found.

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