Trump Backs Senate Bill to Reduce Legal Immigration

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"So much for the talking point that immigration hawks are 'only against illegal immigration,'" writes Alex Nowrahsteh of the CATO Institute.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he supports a Republican Senate bill that would reduce legal immigration by half over the next decade, reports La Opinion.

The bill, by Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), would create a skills-based point system for employment visas, eliminate the visa lottery, eliminate the preference for family visas for extended and adult family members, and cut in half the number of refugees.

The bill has been criticized by those on both sides of the aisle. Sulma Arias of the progressive Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) said the proposed legislation is a sign that "white nationalists are pushing their agenda of ethnic cleansing." Alex Nowrasteh of the conservative CATO Institute said the bill would not increase Americans' wages and is not a credible bargaining chip since it has "no chance" of passing.

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