On Wednesday, Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-AR) joined with fellow Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Josh Hawley of Missouri to reintroduce the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act,” dubbed the RAISE Act. The bill, which was first introduced in 2017, would replace the existing employment visa framework with one that serves the national interest.
The RAISE Act would build an immigration system that increases working-class wages, creates jobs, and gives every citizen a fair shot at achieving the American Dream, no matter whether their family came over on the Mayflower or just took the Oath of Allegiance,” said Cotton.
Specifically, that system would be a skills-based points system that places a priority on immigrants with U.S.-recognized college degrees, English language competency and eliminate the fraud-plagued diversity visa lottery.
It also would lower overall immigration to 637,960 in its first year with a goal of seeing a 50 percent reduction in legal immigration in the tenth year of the bill.
“Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), along with Representative Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), should be applauded for recognizing the current dysfunction of our outdated immigration policies that, unlike the rest of the nation, have been stuck in a time warp for the last 50 years,” said FAIR President Dan Stein in a statement.
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