Republican Senators And President Trump Push RAISE Act To Limit Number Of Green Cards Issued From 1 Million To 500K Annually
President Trump has endorsed the RAISE Act (“Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy”), first introduced by Republican Senators David Perdue (Georgia) and Tom Cotton (Arkansas) in February 2017, in an effort to reduce the number of immigrants to the U.S. from over 1 million a year to just over 500,000 a year.
The bill reduces the number of green cards issued in the following ways:
- Creates point system based on age, education level, job skills, proficiency in English, and potential to invest in the U.S. for the 140,000 employment based green cards distributed annually
- Cap refugee admissions at 50,000 per year (U.S. accepted 85,000 refugees in 2016)
- End visa diversity lottery (50,000 green cards issued per year)
- Eliminating ability of “siblings and adult children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to apply for green cards. Minor children and spouses would still be able to apply.”
The bill has not yet been presented for a vote by either the Senate or the House of Representatives.