Senior Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday immediately began downplaying the prospects of the White House’s proposal — an effort led primarily by senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law — even before they had been briefed on its details.
Since 2001, the share of Americans who favor increased legal immigration into the U.S. has risen 22 percentage points (from 10% to 32%), while the share who support a decrease has declined 29 points (from 53% to 24%).
Smart, balanced, rational immigration reform is something we desperately need. However, neither the RAISE Act in the Senate, nor the companion bill in the House, the Immigration in the National Interest Act, exhibit those qualities
Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Louisiana unveiled the RAISE Act, last week which aims to cut the flow of legal immigrants to the United States in half over a decade. Most coverage of the bill has highlighted the massive cuts to family-based immigration. In contrast, I was struck by how the new points system was structured to massively cut legal immigration through the employment-based system. The standards are so high, the bill might be better called the Raise the Drawbridge Act.
On August 2, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, with the support of President Trump, introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act), which seeks to substantially reform the current U.S. immigration system and replace it with a merits based system that ignores the benefits of family unity and the needs of U.S. employers.
Yaritza Mendez is an American citizen thanks to an immigration system that has been built around family connections for more than 50 years. The family-based immigration system would be completely upended by proposed legislation that got an endorsement from President Donald Trump on Wednesday.