CFGI Quoted – “In Focus: President Trump Endorses Bill Cutting Legal Immigration”

8/2/2017
SHRM


“President Donald Trump announced Aug. 2 that he supports Senate legislation that would replace the current permanent-resident visa system that favors family reunification with a skills-based points system that would prioritize higher educated, more-skilled applicants. If passed, the 1 million immigrants who enter the U.S. annually with permanent resident visas would drop to somewhere between 500,000 and 600,000 people by 2027…according to the White House.

“‘The Council for Global Immigration strongly supports modernizing our outdated immigration system, which has not been reformed for decades, and we look forward to working with Congress on bipartisan solutions,’ said Rebecca Peters, the council's director of government affairs. ‘However, any successful reform effort must recognize that employers are best positioned to evaluate their skills and workforce needs and historically points-based proposals have not met that need.’

“Sponsored by Republican Senators Tom Cotton, Ark., and Sonny Perdue, Ga., the RAISE Act would implement a points-based system similar to the ones used in Australia and Canada. Applicants' would be scored on education level, English-language ability, wage level offer, and record of achievement, among other criteria. The number of skills-based visas for green cards would increase, but preferences for certain categories of extended family members and the Diversity Visa…would be eliminated. The bill faces dim prospects for passage in the Senate.

“…The RAISE Act reflects President Trump's campaign promises, when he argued that he would curb the rapid growth of immigration over the past half century, which he believes has harmed job opportunities for U.S. workers.”

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