President Donald Trump has announced his support for legislation that will create a new system of immigration for migrants seeking to enter the United States.

The bill, known as the RAISE Act, which stands for Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, is co-sponsored by two Republican senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

Similar to the Canadian and Australian systems, immigration entry would be granted based on a merit system and only allow welfare benefits after the five years of continuous residency in the U.S.

“We bring in 1.1 million people today, and only one out of 15 come in with skills. The rest are people that come in as extended family members. It’s called chain immigration,” said Perdue.

The president said the new provisions would benefit the country in three ways.
“Just this week, we announced a historic immigration bill to create a merit-based Green Card system that ends the abuse of our welfare system, stops chain migration, and protects our workers and our economy,” Trump stated.

The bill has, predictably, drawn heavy criticism from Democrats.

The biggest problem with that, however, is that the RAISE Act was a considered a worthy measure in by Democrats in the past.

“The liberal left better look at their history because, honestly, they looked at this in the mid-90s under Bill Clinton and they said, ‘Look, we need to be more like Canada in relation to bringing in skilled workers with a merit-based system,’” said Sen. Perdue.

Candidates would be evaluated based on points scored for things like education, English proficiency, a job offer or an extraordinary achievement or ability such as a competitive international athlete, musician or scientist for example.

Democrats and the liberal media have also made wild and grossly inaccurate claims about the English proficiency considerations of the proposed system, with CNN’s Jim Acosta suffering a public schooling by White House aide Stephen Miller after claiming that the Act would only allow people from Great Britain and Australia in – as they are the only ones who speak English.

In fact, the points awarded for English proficiency in the merit system would be relatively few – and in any event, as Miller pointed out, English is the official language in over 69 countries in the world, including Kenya to Vanatu.

Accomplishments and the ability to contribute would count for much more and would discourage migrants from coming in search of the American dream only to end up in a lifelong dependency on welfare.

Please comment below if you feel Congress should pass the RAISE Act reforming immigration to a merit-based system and send it to President Trump's desk for signature. America's immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed NOW!

Source: Daily Caller

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