President Donald Trump isn’t a stranger to doing things differently than we ever thought we could as a nation, but what he just proposed for the immigration system is the definition of “overhaul.”
The response from the left to his proposal will be swift, harsh and we honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see large-scale protests bubble up throughout the week.
The Hill reports:
President Trump on Wednesday teamed up with two conservative Republican senators to roll out new legislation aimed at dramatically curbing legal immigration to the United States, a key Trump campaign promise.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) have been working with White House officials to revise and expand a bill released earlier this year that would halve the number of people who receive legal permanent residence over a decade.
The senators joined Trump at a White House ceremony to announce out the measure.
They say the legislation would move the United States to a “merit-based” immigration system and away from the current model, which is largely based on family ties.
The measure reflects Trump’s rhetoric during the 2016 campaign, when he argued that the spike in legal immigration over the past several decades has taken job opportunities away from American citizens and threatened national security.
“Instead of today’s low-skilled system — which is a terrible system where anyone comes in, people who have never worked, people that are criminals, anyone comes in — we want a merit-based system,” he said. “One that protects our workers, protects our taxpayers, and one that protects our economy.”
The legislation would eliminate immigration preferences currently given to extended family members and adult children of U.S. citizens seeking green cards, and cap the number of accepted refugees at 50,000 — half of the Obama administration’s target for 2017.
It would also end the State Department’s Diversity visa lottery, which the senators say is “plagued with fraud.” The program had been allotted 50,000 visas for the 2018 fiscal year.
Around 1 million immigrants receive green cards per year.