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David Perdue cosponsors immigration bill in Senate


By: Joint press release
8/9/2017 2:00:53 PM


On Aug. 2, U.S. Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act (S. 1720), a bill the senators say would spur economic growth and raise working Americans' wages by giving priority to the best-skilled immigrants from around the world and reducing overall immigration by half.

"Right now, our current immigration system does not meet the needs of our economy," Perdue said. "We want to welcome talented individuals from around the world who wish to come to the United States legally to work and make a better life for themselves. The RAISE Act will create a skills-based system that is more responsive to the needs of our economy and preserves the quality of jobs available to American workers."

Georgia Farm Bureau has taken no position on the bill. GFB seeks reforms to the H-2A agricultural guest worker program and a workable national policy that allows a legal, stable supply of workers for all types of agriculture.
According to a joint press release from the two senators, the bill would:

- Establish a Skills-Based Points System. The RAISE Act would replace the current permanent employment-visa system with a skills-based points system, which would prioritize those immigrants who are best positioned to succeed in the United States and expand the economy. Applicants earn points based on education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, age, record of achievement, and entrepreneurial initiative.

- Prioritize Immediate Family Households. The RAISE Act would retain immigration preferences for the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents while eliminating preferences for certain categories of extended and adult family members.

- Eliminate the Outdated Diversity Visa Lottery. The Diversity Lottery is plagued with fraud, advances no economic or humanitarian interest, and does not even promote diversity. The RAISE Act would eliminate the 50,000 visas arbitrarily allocated to this lottery.

- Place a Responsible Limit on Permanent Residency for Refugees. The RAISE Act would limit refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 per year, in line with a 13-year average.

Visit this website to read the complete text of the bill.


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