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US 'Needs More Low-Skilled Immigrants — NY Times

10 Août 2017

Trump problematically referred to this as a "merit-based" system on Wednesday.

Trump appeared with the bill's authors, Republican Sens.

The Utah Immigration Reform Coalition responded to the RAISE Act, new legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), and called for a revised solution that harnesses the economic power of foreign-born workers in the US economy. At a White House press briefing, Trump administration senior adviser Stephen Miller sparred with several reporters who suggested that the bill was motivated by racial and ethnic animus.

"Attacking workers who already occupy low-paying jobs with minimal protections will make it more hard to stabilize a workforce critical to the US economy", said PHI president Jodi M. Sturgeon in the June press release.

My first reaction to the headlines about President Trump's proposal to cut immigration in half was that it would be as disastrous as his Muslim ban.

I know this because I pulled out some of the files from my employment-based immigration practice and applied the bill's standards to real people (though some details are changed to preserve confidentiality).

"Was Barbara Jordan a white nationalist? Of course not. She was a patriotic American who was a liberal Democrat", said Mr. Krikorian, who backs stricter immigration limits. Under its terms, while the status of spouses and children of citizens would be unchanged, American citizens or green-card holders would be severely limited in sponsoring their aged or infirm parents to immigrate to the United States.

Family-based immigration is also associated with immigrant entrepreneurship.

Immigrant visas based on employment will be replaced by a points-based system, primarily determined by the applicant's age, education and English proficiency.

"This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy", said Trump.

All of these elements have interesting implications for USA employers seeking to bridge the skills and talent gap emerging for STEM-related jobs, particularly those in information technology and related fields.

The immediate effect of this proposed policy change would be to reduce the number of immigrants from Latin America and to cut immigration overall, but its more lasting impact would be on making the USA economy and population smaller.

Note that one reason for the impressive rise in educational standards is that illegal immigration has fallen sharply over the past 10 or so years.

In 2007, a point system was at the heart of the immigration bill worked out by President George W. Bush and Sen.

The bill would also reset priorities on who could come into the country. Richard J. Durbin, and 13 other current Democratic senators. Instead, the bill will have negative economic impact on both American and foreign-born workers.

Even under the current rules, immigrants tend to be better educated than the average American.

"Even the more controversial provisions in this legislation receive support from a plurality of voters", said Morning Consult co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp.

In contrast, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has already raised Canada's annual intake to 300,000, is being urged by business leaders and other pro-immigration advocates to increase the ceiling to 450,000 a year, not many fewer than the United States would bring in under the RAISE Act. And in a family business, there are obvious advantages to being able to sponsor a sibling for immigration.

Democrats aren't the only ones to undergo a shift on immigration.

So did Sens. Susan M. Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two other Republicans still in the chamber, also switched from yes to no. My research team at Duke and Harvard documented that 52 percent of Silicon Valley's start-ups before the immigrant exodus began had been founded by immigrants - and that US immigration policies led this to fall to 44 percent.

US 'Needs More Low-Skilled Immigrants — NY Times