Published: Sat, February 11, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Cotton: Immigration system 'does not serve the interests of American citizens'

Cotton: Immigration system 'does not serve the interests of American citizens'

"Returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages".

'Blue collar workers, people who work with their hands and on their feet, have seen their wages stagnate for decades. Senators Cotton and Perdue may intend to raise the wages of lower-skilled Americans, but their bill is more likely to line the coffers of firms that manufacture machines that can substitute for them.

"It's time our immigration system started working for American workers", said Cotton, who is emerging as an immigration hawk in the mold of Senator Jeff Sessions, who is awaiting confirmation as Trump's attorney general.

The bill also seeks to limit immigrants who have received green cards to only applying for citizenship for spouses, minor children and sick parents.

The Trump White House, Cotton added, has been involved in helping him and Sen.

Two Republican senators proposed steps to slash the number of legal immigrants admitted into the United States by half on Tuesday, but the legislation, developed with the Trump administration, faces an uphill climb to get through Congress.

USA media has also reported that Perdue and Cotton are close associates of Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. So White House involvement in Cotton's and Perdue's effort is significant in that it signals that Trump is going to keep his promises in fighting on these issues on behalf of American workers, and senators like Cotton and Perdue will be instrumental in leading the charge on Capitol Hill.

When asked about the issue, Randy Johnson, senior vice president of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits for the US Chamber, did not weigh in on the debate over legal immigration, besides saying that it supported "reform". "Again, this is a targeted bill-it simply looks at non-employment based green cards". Under such a worldview, only a drastic reduction in green cards and the supply or workers can raise American wages - and it's not insane. In fact, because of the number of adults let in under family-based chain-migration policies, current immigrant populations slant older than advocates of high immigration levels generally let on.

In 2015, the same year that President Barack Obama lawlessly granted amnesty to upward of 5 million illegal immigrants, the United States granted green cards to more than 1 million legal immigrants. "That includes those security and enforcement measures, but we do expect to have support from the executive branch on this bill". "Because my legislation is created to serve the very economic interests of those very blue collar workers while at the same time being humane to the families of recent immigrants and refugees, we hope that we can get bipartisan support".

The new bill also would stop a diversity visa lottery that brings in about 50,000 visas a year and limits refugees to 50,000 annually.

The legislation would allow for visas for aging adult parents, which Cotton said would not boost numbers by much.

'The diversity visa lottery, ' Cotton said Tuesday on Fox, 'serves no real economic or humanitarian need. "I think it's a policy that has far outlived its usefulness if it ever had any utility and it's time to eliminate the diversity lottery".

The National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) exhaustive literature summary on the economic effects of immigration concluded that: "When measured over a period of 10 years or more, the impact of immigration on the wages of native-born workers overall is very small".

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