Trump Administration in Talks about Immigration Reduction Bill
Recent reports point to an Immigration Reduction Bill being introduced by Trump’s lawyers with GOP lawmakers. The consensus is that the Trump Administration would like to legitimately “halve” the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter the U.S. each year. If approved, the bill would reduce the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country each year from about 1 million to 500,000 by 2027. The expected push for this reform is likely to come under steep opposition from Democrats and pro-immigration Republicans who argue that immigrants add economic value.
The bill is said to be a “revised and expanded” version of the RAISE Act that Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue presented in February and discussed with the President Trump in March. The purpose of the bill stems from the arguments that allowing lower-skilled immigrants into the country hurts job prospects and greatly diminishes wages for American-born workers. In addition to wanting to restrict the overall number of legal immigrants, the bill wants to switch to a “merit-based” system in which foreigners who are granted entry either hold some form of advanced degree or can demonstrate “extraordinary ability” in their given field, similar to the requirements of the EB-1 and EB-2 visa programs.
An example of the kind of opposition this bill will face has already commenced, with research constructed by over 1,470 economists that explained that the economy benefits from immigration, describing it as “not just a good thing” but “a necessity.” Experts have warned that a crackdown on immigration could, for example, destroy the U.S. agriculture industry, whose workforce is disproportionally made up of foreigners.
If this bill affects your immigration prospects or if you have any questions, please feel free to call Buda Law Group.
John B. Buda, Esq.
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Arcadia, CA 91007