Trump backs bill that would cut US immigration by half-million
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday supported legislation that would curb the level of legal immigration into the United States by proposing a skills-based immigration system.
Top White House aides have been working with Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton on the bill that, if passed, would dramatically remake the current immigration system, which allows a number of ways to bring family members to the US along with job-based visas.
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President Donald Trump threw his support Wednesday behind legislation that looks to curb the level of legal immigration into the United States by proposing a skills-based immigration system.
Trump backed the effort from Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton in a speech at the White House. But the plan faces long odds in Congress.
“It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers,” Trump said of the current immigration system, specifically citing low-income and minority workers.”
The bill, Trump said, “would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century.”
he effort is expected to be met with skepticism from both Democrats and Republicans. But Trump’s support could help the measure gain traction.
Cotton, of Arkansas, and Perdue, of Georgia, initially unveiled the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act” in February, arguing that the bill will “help raise American workers’ wages by restoring legal immigration levels to their historical norms and re-balancing the system toward employment-based visas and immediate-family household members.”
“We are taking action to fix some of the shortcomings in our legal immigration system,” Perdue said at the time. “Returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages.”
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