President Trump, flagged by Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. David Perdue, unveiled a total overhaul to the nation’s immigration system on Wednesday; cutting back on low-wage workers and encouraging English-speaking foreigners with job skills to migrate to the United States.
During his address from the White House, the President hailed the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, or RAISE Act, as the “most significant reform” to the national immigration system in over 50 years, saying the bill “will reduce poverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars.”
“The RAISE Act ends chain-migration and replaces our low-scale system with a new points-based system for receiving a green card. This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy,” added the President.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 2, 2017
Trump’s no-nonsense approach to immigration earned him high praise amongst voters during the 2016 general election, primarily in states hard-hit by low-wage immigration; both legal and illegal.
“As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and that is why we are here today,” said the President.
Liberals -quick to attack any common-sense reforms that aim to reduce the amount of immigrants entering the United States- will surely pounce all over the proposed legislation; blasting the President as a xenophobe, Islamophobe, isolationist, or nativist.
Don’t worry, Buck is ready to take ’em on.
Preemptive tweet: 500,000 legal immigrants a year is not "nativism"
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 2, 2017
More on this tonight…