Perdue bill to cut legal immigration has Trump’s support

[private]Georgia Sen. David Perdue, along with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, has introduced a new bill that would cut in half the annual number of legal immigrants entering the United States.

Donald Trump, still smarting after his Trumpcare bill failed to pass in the Senate last week, has endorsed the anti-immigrant bill, which is an important issue with his political base.

“This would be the most significant reform to the immigration system in half a century,” Trump said at a White House appearance with Perdue and Cotton. “It is a historic and very vital proposal.”

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act would reduce the number of immigration programs that allow family members of U.S. citizens and legal residents to apply for green cards.

The proposal includes a point system based on such factors as the ability to speak English, education levels, and job skills to rank applicants who would be eligible for 140,000 employment-based green cards each year.

The bill would also limit refugee levels to 50,000 per year and would terminate a visa diversity lottery that awards 50,000 green cards a year.

“Right now, our current immigration system does not meet the needs of our economy,” Perdue said. “We want to welcome talented individuals from around the world who wish to come to the United States legally to work and make a better life for themselves.”

While the immigration bill is expected to pass in the House of Representatives, it may have a tougher time in the Senate where Republicans hold a narrow majority.

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