from Conservative Review:
If one wants to know what an “America First” approach to reforming our legal immigration system looks like, one need look no further than the bill introduced by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (C, 76%) and David Perdue, R-Ga. (C, 75%).
On Tuesday, the duo introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, which would restructure our immigration system to better address the needs of the American people.
All in all, Sen. Cotton’s office press release states, “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 reduction from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015.”
Cotton and Purdue state such a reduction would restore “legal immigration levels to their historical norms and rebalancing the system toward employment-based visas and immediate-family household members.”
“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,” reads a joint one-pager from Cotton and Perdue’s offices. “But when only 1 out of every 15 immigrants arrives in the United States on a skills-based visa, the majority of the remaining immigrants are either low-skill or unskilled.”
The effort to end extended family preferences and focus on skilled immigration may seem heartless to some — especially paired with POLITICO’s headline referring to the proposed reforms as a clean-cut “crackdown” on legal immigration — but the issue bears some serious examination.