WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced his support Wednesday for legislation that would cut in half the number of legal immigrants allowed into the United States while moving to a “merit-based” system of entry.
“That is why we are here today: Merit-based,” Trump said, joined at the White House Roosevelt Room podium by the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ar., and David Perdue, R-Ga.
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The RAISE Act, which Cotton and Perdue introduced in February, would scrap the current lottery system to get into the U.S. and instead institute a points-based system for earning a green card. Factors that would be taken into account include English language skills, education, high-paying job offers and age.
New immigrants would also be prevented from collecting welfare, an issue Trump
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