LEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM
On February 13, 2017. Senator Cotton introduced a bill that affects Immigration. As we all know this was one of President Trump’s main platform promises. Today, President Trump is endorsing the RAISE Act. At the current time, the bill has been read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Senator Purdue stated this new act is modeled on the Canadian and Australian immigration systems.
“To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, to limit the President’s discretion in setting the number of refugees admitted annually to the United States, to reduce the number of family sponsored immigrants, to create a new nonimmigrant classification for the parents of adult United States citizens, and for other purposes.”
A few important parts to know:
1) It sets the number of refugees who may be admitted in any fiscal year – not to exceed 50,000.
2) It redefines “immediate relatives” to be “children and spouse of a citizen of the United States”.
3) Worldwide Level Of Family-Sponsored Immigrants.— (1) The worldwide level of family-sponsored immigrants under this subsection for a fiscal year is equal to 88,000 minus the number computed under paragraph (2).
4) Family-Based Visa Preferences have been amended and strictures on incoming and staying/overstaying have changed or been clarified.
5) It amends prior acts to conform to these changes.
This may have been announced now to push it through the Judiciary Committee faster. Still it is a positive move forward. Hopefully it won’t get ground to dust and shelved by traitorous Republican Senators. As they said, it has been fifty years or more since a new significant Immigration Reform act was passed. People have only fiddled with language as such rather than actually addressing the reality of a changing world.