Donald Trump wants to put ‘America First’, which on face value sounds great. The problem is that his approach is through xenophobic policies that create a nationalistic environment and shuts out the rest of the world.
So it’s no surprise that today, Trump unveiled a new plan for immigration that will cut legal immigration in half.
Trump backed the effort from Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton in a speech at the White House. But the plan faces long odds in Congress.
Top White House aides have been working with Perdue and Cotton on the bill that — if passed — would dramatically remake the current immigration system, which allows a number of ways to bring family members to the US along with job-based visas.
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.
“It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers,” Trump said of the current immigration system, specifically citing low-income and minority workers.
The bill, Trump said, “would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century.” – CNN
As expected there is a lot of backlash, but it’s not just coming from Democrats. Republicans are already speaking out against the bill. Lindsay Graham was one of the first to issue a statement pointing out the flaws in Trump’s ill conceived plan.
Here's that whole Glenn Thrush/Stephen Miller exchange https://t.co/A6b1OC5c4A
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) August 2, 2017
“I’ve always supported merit-based immigration. I think we should always want to attract the best and brightest to the United States.
“Unfortunately, the other part of this proposal would reduce legal immigration by half, including many immigrants who work legally in our agriculture, tourism and service industries.
“South Carolina’s number one industry is agriculture and tourism is number two. If this proposal were to become law, it would be devastating to our state’s economy which relies on this immigrant workforce.
“South Carolina’s agriculture and tourism industry advertise for American workers and want to fill open positions with American workers. Unfortunately, many of these advertised positions go unfilled. Hotels, restaurants, golf courses and farmers will tell you this proposal – to cut legal immigration in half — would put their business in peril.
“Finally, I fear this proposal will not only hurt our agriculture, tourism and service economy in South Carolina, it incentivizes more illegal immigration as positions go unfilled. After dealing with this issue for more than a decade, I know that when you restrict legal labor to employers it incentivizes cheating.”
— ABC News (@ABC) August 2, 2017