A recent report revealed some shocking news about America’s future based on current immigration numbers. However, a possible solution to this issue might be the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act.
This new bill was introduced by Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) in August 2017. Senator Cottonproclaimed:
“For decades our immigration system has been completely divorced from the needs of our economy, and working Americans’ wages have suffered as a result. Our legislation will set things right. We will build an immigration system that raises working wages, creates jobs, and gives every American a fair shot at creating wealth, whether your family came over on the Mayflower or just took the oath of citizenship.”
Specifically, the bill would
Eliminate “Diversity Lottery Visas”, a program that gives 50,000 visas to countries that send few immigrants to the United States in the name of, well, diversity.
Limit the number of refugees given permanent residency to 50,000 per year.
Eliminate the ability of immigrants to sponsor visas for extended family members and adult children.
Restructure the employment-visa system into a points system akin to those used by Canada or Australia, prioritizing young-ish immigrants with good English, high-paying job offers, and other markers of achievement.
Under the RAISE Act, immigration would eventually drop to just above 500,000 per year, a number that was last achieved in 1980!
Lyman Stone wrote in the Federalist that “It’s a Hopeful Start”:
The RAISE Act is an invaluable step in pushing the United States away from its outdated, uncompetitive system of nepotistic, kinship-based immigration, towards a modernized, skills-based points system.
As currently proposed, the law has a few changes that need to be tweaked. Regardless, most, if not all, Democrats will oppose the bill because it would reduce the number of “future voters” to help them regain power in Congress. However, many of these naysayers will most likely be at risk of retaining their seats in the 2018 election.
However, something else needs to be considered: all immigrants must learn English and assimilate into our culture. This is America and there is no room for multiculturalism.
Needless to say, it may very well be impossible to include these two points in the new bill. But we can hope work will be done remove these two issues that concern most of our citizens.