New York’s top elected officials as well as immigrant advocates criticized President Trump for endorsing legislation that calls for merit-based immigration, reduced levels of green cards and an end to the “diversity visa” program.
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Trump announced Wednesday that he is backing the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act sponsored by U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.). Their plan would replace the current framework for granting employment visas with a “skills-based system that rewards applicants based on their individual merits.”
The bill would end the “diversity visa” lottery system, which grants 50,000 green cards every year. It would limit grants of permanent resident status
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