Cotton, Perdue's RAISE Act Endorsed by President Trump

Kristopher Drake
August 3, 2017

The RAISE Act was first introduced to the Senate in February, but has since stalled in Congress. Mr Cotton and Mr Perdue now plan to re-introduce it will as few changes - and the President's backing.

On Aug. 2, Trump unveiled a revised version of The RAISE Act alongside the bill's co-authors, GOP Sens. First time politician Trump beat back 16 other Republican challengers over nine gruelling months of campaigning with his single minded devotion to beating back low grade immigration.

Trump and the Republican lawmakers blasted the current immigration system as out of date and argued that it hurts American workers by driving down wages.

He launched his presidential campaign on the promise of building a wall along the US-Mexican border to halt illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

The initial bill, which stalled in the Senate for several months and is being reintroduced with certain changes, called for the elimination of the "diversity visa", would allocate 50,000 visas annually to people from countries with low immigration rates to the U.S. and place a cap on refugee admissions at 50,000 per year. Perdue and Cotton have claimed that the RAISE Act will reform the immigration system, but the bill does not address the millions of undocumented immigrants who are already in the U.S.

Trump has previously said he wants people to come in on merit, but also rebuffed the idea that he wants to reduce legal immigration.

Trump cast the proposal as a way to protect American workers by reducing unskilled immigration and creating a merit-based system that grades possible immigrants based on their ability to work in the United States.


Limit the number of refugees admitted annually to 50,000 (compared to the 110,000 refugees then-President Barack Obama announced he would allow in last year).

Trump declares the bill to be the most significant immigration reform in half a century.

The wrinkle, though, is that the Cotton/Perdue aims to reduce legal immigration as a goal in itself, not just as an expected side effect of giving preference to immigrants with more valuable skills.

The proposal does get one thing right, Bier said: establishing a skills-based legal immigration system. "So, we're proposing to limit family-based migration to spouses and minor children".

"Can they support themselves and their families financially?" FWD.us, a group that represents the tech industry said that the bill would "severely harm the economy". "The reason we need to do this is very simple: Our current system does not work". The administration says they are struggling to earn a middle-class wage because of the influx of cheaper foreign workers who depress wages.

And restricting the number of people that can enter the American labor force?

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