Breaking US Immigration News: August 7, 2017


Stories from the Border

On Wednesday, August 2nd, the US President Trump announced to legislation that he plans on cutting legal immigration into the United States in half. He plans on doing this by implementing a very strict merit-system that will judge and rate immigrants to determine their eligibility. Trump has argued throughout his presidential campaign that America has taken way too many low-skilled immigrants and its time for a change. On August 2nd, President Trump invited two Republican senators to the White House to have their support behind the proposed bill that would rate immigrants based on education, language ability and job skills that would benefit America. The current immigration policy bases their acceptance for legal immigration off if the immigrant has family ties in America. The new bill that President Trump will propose, sponsored by two Republican senators, will allow immediate relatives into America with the immigrant granted. The immigrant authorized to enter can bring their spouse and minor children to America, but the bill eliminates other family members such as siblings, parents, and adult children.

Merit System Immigration

President Trump has always said that cutting immigration will end up boosting American wages but how true is this statement? As the story above explained, Trump is supporting a bill to cut legal immigration in half. Some of his reasoning for cutting legal immigration is to boost American wages and offer more jobs for Americans. On the contrary, immigration has had an incredibly positive effect on the economy. Immigrants spend money on goods and services, start businesses, pay taxes and invent things. Many studies have shown that immigration has had little to no effect on American wages. The only group that is affected by immigrants are American high-school drop outs. They are the only group affected by immigrants because they are fighting for the low-skilled or low-paid jobs that many immigrants are also looking for. America is the melting pot for immigrants and the country has highly benefited from the work of immigrants.

Top US Immigration News Stories

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  5. NYPD sees surge in immigrant crime victims seeking special visas

  6. John Kelly, Donald Trump’s ‘Star’ Secretary, Is Now White House Chief of Staff

  7. Immigrants must assimilate for America to stay exceptional

  8. Family, friends continue to search for missing American Fork man
  9. Mexico rescues 147 Central American migrants headed for U.S.

  10. Why churches still matter for immigration reform

  11. Meet the law professor who’s been on the frontlines of the Trump immigration battles

  12. Civil Rights Group Questions Immigration Detention of New York Teens

  13. Young, Rising Poets, Actor John Leguizamo Explore American Immigrant Experience Today

  14. Trump, GOP senators introduce bill to slash legal immigration levels

  15. What’s immigration’s real impact on U.S. wages?

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