Tomorrow, President Trump will introduce new legislation with goals of restricting legal immigration in the United States. The legislation aims to cut the number of legal immigrants accepted into the U.S. in half. Additionally, the legislation will restrict the number of individuals given green cards to reunite with their families (the most common category of legal immigrants) and eliminate the diversity lottery (a current U.S. program that provides visas to locations with lower rates of immigration into the U.S.. The bill is backed by Republican Senators Cotton and Perdue, from Georgia and Arkansas respectively.
It is unclear how much senate support the legislation has or will have. Those in favor argue that the current system is outdated and that the new legislation will provide a skills-based immigration system, assisting in job creating and competitiveness domestically. Those in opposition, particularly businesses that rely on low-skilled workers, believe a reform such as this will may leave the U.S. with a stunting labor shortage.
Our Verdict: Further details will be released tomorrow, highlighting crucial aspects of the legislation. As of now, logistics are unknown and support for the new policies ideas remain unclear. There are several Republicans who are predicted to oppose the new legislation, including Senator McCain from Arizona, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. No democrats have voiced support. This legislation is, and will continue to be, highly controversial.