Senators Tom Cotton (Arkansas) and David Perdue (Georgia) proposed a bill on February 8 to limit legal immigration to the United States aimed at setting a 500,000 immigrant base quota yearly. However, this plan does not intend to affect those that are applying for visas. The reason for doing so spurs from the belief that current legal immigrants have a high percentage of low skilled laborers, which has had a negative effect on American workers, according to those in favor.
The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act would limit the prerequisites for applying for a green card to spouses and unmarried minor children of citizens and permanent residents. Elderly parents would be able to get renewed visas but they cannot work or receive any benefits from the government normally allowed to citizens.
Our Verdict: In order for the act to pass, there needs to be some democratic support. Since this would once again cause unjust issues to the general public, it is unlikely that any Democrats will vote to pass this bill. It will most likely die in the Senate.