Cotton Preparing RAISE Act to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

a good step if they can get it through…  But it’s missing a points system for PRIORITIZATION of immigrants who are educated and hard working.


 

Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (RAISE
Act
)
A Bill to
Restore Historical Legal Immigration Levels
&
Give Working Americans a Fair Shot at Wealth Creation
The
Problem
For
over
a quarter century, the United States has
accepted an average of 1 million immigrants
annually
the equivalent of adding the entire state of Montana each year.
But when o
nly 1 out of every
15
immigrants
arrives in the United States on a ski
lls
based visa, the majority of
the
remaining
immigrants are ei
ther low
skill or unskilled
.
This generation
long influx of low
skilled labor
has
been a major factor in the
downward pressure on
the
wages of working Americans
,
with the wages of
recent immigrants hardest hit.
Wages for Americans
with only high school diplomas have declined by 2 percent since the late 1970s, and for those who didn’t
finish high school, they have declined by nearly 20 percent
.
This collapse in wages threatens to cre
ate
a
near permanent underclass for whom the American
D
ream is always just out of reach.
The RAISE Act
Solution
The
Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (RAISE Act)
will
help
raise American
work
ers’
wages by reducing overall immigrati
on by half and
rebalancing the system toward
employment
based visas
and immediate
family household
members
.
Specifically,
the RAISE Act
would:
Prioritize Immediate
Family Household
s
.
The RAISE Act
would retain immigration preferences for the
spouses and
minor children of U.S. ci
tizens and
legal permanent residents
.
It would eliminate
preferences for the extended and adult family members of U.S. residents, including:
Adult parents of U.S. citizens
Adult siblings of U.S. citizens
Unmarried adult children
of U.S. citizens
Married adult children of U.S. citizens
Unmarried adult children of
legal permanent residents
Create Temporary Visa for
Parents in Need of Caretaking.
For U.S. citizens who
wish
to bring elderly
parents in need of caretaking to the United States
, the RAISE Act
creates a renewable temporary visa on
the condition that the parents are not permitted to work, cannot access public benefits, and must be
guaranteed support and health ins
urance by their sponsoring children.
Eliminate Outdated
Diversity Visa Lottery.
The Diversity Lottery is plagued with fraud
,
advances no
ec
onomic or humanitarian interest, and does not even deliver the diversity of its namesake.
The RAISE
Act
would elimi
nate the 50,000 visas
arbitrarily
allocated to this lottery.
Place
Responsible Limit
on
Permanent Residency for
Refugee
s.
The RAISE Act
would
limit
refugees
offered permanent
residency
to 50,000
per year
,
in line with a 13
year average.
The RAISE Act
’s
Effect on Immigration Levels
Reduce Overall Immigration by 41% in I
ts First Year
and 50%
by Year 10
.
According to
immigration
projection models based on the work of Princeton and H
arvard
professors
, the RAISE Act
would lower
overall immigration to
637,960
in its first year and to
539,958
by its tenth year
a
50 percent re
duction
from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015
.
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