President Trump Announces Immigration Reform. Do you agree with the new direction America is taking on immigration?
"As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit based immigration system that protects US workers and taxpayers, and that is why we are here today. Merit based. The Raise Act will reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars. It will do this by changing the way the United States issues green cards to nationals from other countries. Green cards provide permanent residency, work authorization and fast track to citizenship. For decades, the United States has operated a very low skilled immigration system, issuing record numbers of green cards to low wage immigrants. This policy has placed substantial pressure on American workers, taxpayers and community resources. Among those hit the hardest in recent years have been [existing] immigrants and very importantly, minority workers competing for jobs against brand new arrivals. And it has not been fair to our people, to our citizens and our workers. The Raise Act ends chain migration and replaces our low skilled system with a new points based system for receiving a green card. This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy. The Raise Act prevents new immigrants from collecting welfare and protects US workers from being displaced. And that's a very big thing, they're not going to come in and just immediately go and collect welfare, that doesn't happen under the Raise Act, they can't do that." -Donald Trump