GOP senators to propose skills-based immigration bill

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Two GOP senators are addressing the immigration issue the correct way.

According to a report in the Washington Examiner, Republicans Senator David Perdue from Georgia, and Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas are planning to put forward legislation at the White House Wednesday that calls for a new skills-based immigration system.

The legislation calls for a massive reduction in the overall level of legal immigration into the United States. In my opinion, this is not only long overdue, it’s the key to lift wages for American workers.

Currently, the U.S. takes in more than 1,000,000 immigrants legally, each year. Fact is, we take in more people legally than all other nations combined. The huge intake is simply destroying wages here in the U.S., not to mention the tremendous burden it places on our welfare system and infrastructure.

Cotton and Perdue are very active voices when it comes to calling for lower immigration numbers. Earlier this year, the two introduced legislation that they said would effectively halve the number of green cards issued each year from 1 million to roughly 500,000. But for some crazy reason, the bill went nowhere in the GOP-run Senate.The new legislation could mark a big win for Trump. Although it would not be considered as big as a healthcare bill, it would be a major victory in the eyes of those who supported Trump because of his hawkish stance on immigration during the 2016 campaign.

Although illegal immigration into the country has seen a decline this year, the incoming flow of immigrants through legal channels continues as it has been for decades.

The big problem with the immigration system is it’s based on who a person is related to, versus what they offer America. Through a program known as “family reunification”, which is often referred to as “chain migration”, the new immigrants coming in are typically connected to immigrants who came in before them. Meaning, that an immigrant comes to the U.S. and then makes a petition for his wife, mother, brother, etc.

The family-based system is ridiculous. We need skills-based immigration! I love the legislation being proposed by Cotton and Perdue. It’s not racist, it’s not anti-immigrant, it’s pro-American worker.

Lets hope the Senate and House get their acts together for this one.

The term also refers to the process of foreign nationals immigrating to a new country under laws permitting their reunification with family members already living in the destination country.

Chain migration can be defined as a “movement in which prospective migrants learn of opportunities, are provided with transportation, and have initial accommodation and employment arranged by means of primary social relationships with previous migrants.

In the United States, the term ‘chain migration’ is used to partially explain why legal immigration has quadrupled from levels during the 1960s. As such, ‘chain migration’ is held up as one of the causes of the United States’ current immigrant population boom.

Family reunification allows U.S. citizens and immigrants (Lawful Permanent Resident or “Green card” holders) to petition for visas for their immediate relatives. Until the late 1950s, America’s family reunification policies included only spouses and minor children of immigrants. However, since that time, family reunification policies of the United States have included the ability of immigrants to sponsor not only their minor children and spouses, but also their parents, siblings, and adult children.

According to the theory of ‘chain migration’ as applied to immigrants to the United States, subsequent immigrant Lawful Permanent Resident parents and adult children can, in turn, sponsor their other children, parents, etc., thus representing a chain of immigrants following the first family member into the country. In practice, however, the wait times from when the petition is filed until the adult relative is able to enter the U.S. can be as long as 15–20 years (as of 2006). This is a result of backlogs in obtaining a visa number and visa number quotas that only allow 226,000 family-based visas to be issued annually. There are four family-based preference levels:

First: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:
A. Spouses and Children: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
B. Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older): 23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

Backlogs in obtaining visa numbers range from four-and-a-half years (for preference level 2A) to 23-years (for preference level 4 immigrants from the Philippines).

While some backlogs have remained relatively steady for some time, since 1995, backlogs for other family-sponsored preferences have steadily increased.

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