Relevant points to Senators new Immigration Bill and President Trump’s point of view

By Dev Banad Viswanath, Esq.& Michael Phulwani, Esq.
The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Economy Act (RAISE) Act would replace our current immigration system with a point based system. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced this act with the support of President Trump. While the bill has been introduced into committee it is still far away from becoming a law. But as we have seen by recent events in the United States, many things can happen, with one election.
This is an Immigration Curtailment measure and will to stem the flow of less educated people if they are not wealthy. It will also reduce the ability for families to rejoin in the US without further merit.
The RAISE Act would cut the number of immigrant allowed into the U.S. each year without a realisticconnection to family reunification or the economic needs of our nation. This bill acts on the false assumption that legal immigration is harmful to our country when on the contrary strong family unities contribute to helping build a stronger economy.
All family based legal immigration categories would be eliminated except for spouses and children (under the age of 18) of U.S citizens and permanent residents. The Act would only create a renewable temporary visa for older-adult parents who come for caretaking purposes.
Eliminating immigration categories for extended family and grown adult family members is extremely unfair to those who have already followed the rules and applied for an immigrant visa. Those individuals have been waiting for years to receive a green card due to a visa backlog to reunite with their family in the U.S. Luckily, there is still time to file for family members today and most likely any applications that have already been filed, will be grandfathered.
The new point based system would not take into consideration the needs of the U.S. employers and U.S. companies would not be able to access foreign workers in order to grow their companies. The Act would only focus on a strict points based system and completely ignore considerations such as one’s fieldwork and special skills when granting a nonimmigrant visa. This point system would grant legal residency green cards based on skills, education, and language ability.President Trump believes that this new system will help struggling Amercian families and put their needs first, but he has yet to provide empirical data or substantial evidence to support this belief.
The RAISE Act would remove lower skilled immigrants from the U.S. immigration system, which would have an adverse effect on the economy because high skilled immigrants who are admitted based on their education and work experience but without a job offer may be forced to take low skilled jobs which makes them overqualified but willing to take jobs that Americans now will take, but are less qualified to do. Moreover, if the Act becomes law it may result in labor shortages, specifically in lower wage jobs that many Americans do not want.
Important immigrant visa programs such as the EB-5 immigrant investor program, the special immigrant religious workers program, and the physician national interest waiver green card program would no longer exist. The number of refugees who will be allowed to be admitted into the U.S. will also decrease to 50,000 a year. The RAISE Act will do away with the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which will reduce immigration from Africa, Asia and many other countries because the sponsors of the bill do not think the program promotes diversity.
The position of this Act and the rhetoric that president Trump espouses regarding immigration, are unrealistic and malfeasant in an already troubled immigration system. The system does need to be overhauled and improved for sure, but not in a manner that will strip the United States of the very characteristic that makes us great. Our resilient and inclusive diversity that promotes the ethos that every man, woman, and child can come from any place in the world and succeed in America and make the United States a happier, stronger, and safer place.

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