February 19, 2018

Trump Admin Aims To Target Poor Immigrants With New Bill

11 August 2017, 12:15 | Kenneth Drake



These policies will only serve to alienate potential immigrants and send them elsewhere.

The Cotton-Perdue bill, which was drafted with the assistance of the Trump White House staff, proposes to cut green cards only for refugees, not for those who arrive in the USA on temporary work visas such as the H-1Bs, used by United States firms to hire high-skilled foreign workers, each for a maximum period of six years. First, attract the young and highly skilled, since they provide the biggest boost to our economy. Teams of ICE agents spread out across Chicago and in 20 suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Aurora and Elgin, as well as Hammond, Ind. ICE officials told the I-Team that all but three of the people they arrested in February had criminal backgrounds, including several citizens of Mexico and Iraq who had been convicted of sexual abuse of minors. That would eliminate siblings and adult children from the queue. The immigration policy, which is now based on family unity into a rigid merit-based system, will be completely overhauled.

It's odd that Trump now seems to fancy the idea of keeping out legal immigrants.

Carlos E. Sandoval is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association.

Second, it's not unreasonable to suggest that "the impact of immigration on average native-born workers remains small and inconsistent, with no evidence to show a large detrimental impact on less-educated workers".

Immigration is good for America not because of a poem inscribed on a statue given to us by the French but because it is who we are. While the twin trends of automation and globalization have also strained working-class Americans, a steady supply of cheap, unskilled labor has as well. The rest of us are all immigrants and descendants of them.

Our legislation would do just that by creating a skills-based points system similar to those used for decades in Canada and Australia.

The bill, according to the president, is "the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century". And by limiting the flood of low-skilled workers, it would encourage employers to hire, train and pay more to American workers already here.

Under the RAISE Act's point system, it would be nearly impossible for an immigrant with just a high school education to qualify for long-term residency in the U.S. They came from Russian Federation in 1922, traveling in steerage on the aging SS Ryndam across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to Ellis Island.

Second, twice a year, USCIS would invite the top scorers to pay a $345 application fee and complete their applications.

And more to the point regarding the Trump ban, as The Atlantic notes, "Iranian-Americans founded or hold leadership positions at Twitter, Dropbox, Oracle, Expedia, eBay, and Tinder". It would have to get congressional approval for it to make it to the desk of Trump, according to The White House website. He says Pittsburgh's growing tech industries, like robotics and autonomous vehicles, could be hurt by the RAISE Act because the bill could limit those industries' ability to recruit employees. In Arkansas, for example, the 300 percent mark of median wages is $128,394; in Georgia, it's $152,304. Nobel Prize winners only get 25 points toward the minimum immigration threshold of 30 points. Would he or she be given a written English test, too?

The proposed bill aims to restrict the "chain migration" system where family members of USA immigrants are able to get into the country based on their relations and not on their skills.

Elimination of the 50,000 diversity visa program visas.

And if the bill does succeed in making immigrants so uncomfortable that they simply pick up and head back to their countries of origin (which, undoubtedly, is the goal of Senators Cotton and Purdue), what would that do to our local workforce?

These changes are pro-worker, pro-growth and proven to work.

Now it is the legal immigration system in general, which the administration is blaming for lowering wages for American workers and burdening the welfare system. Furthermore, these changes have widespread public support.

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, co-authored by Republican Sens.

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