Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) unveiled a new plan for legal immigration today along with President Donald Trump. He met with the senators in March and came up with the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, or RAISE.
This legislation would limit refugees per year to 50,000, end preferential green card treatment for extended family and grown children, and stop the reportedly fraudulent diversity lottery put in place by the State Department.
Trump said in White House press release:
"For decades, the United States was operated and has operated a very low-skilled immigration system, issuing record numbers of Green Cards to low-wage immigrants. This policy has placed substantial pressure on American workers, taxpayers and community resources. Among those hit the hardest in recent years have been immigrants and, very importantly, minority workers competing for jobs against brand-new arrivals. And it has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers."
Points toward receiving a work visa will be awarded to applicants based on demonstrable skills, the ability to support self and family, and familiarity with the English language.
It was the English language part that threw CNN’s Jim Acosta, who quoted the poem on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and said, “It doesn't say anything about speaking English or be a computer programmer."
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said, “Right now, it’s a requirement that to be naturalized you have to speak English. So the notion that speaking English wouldn't be a part of an immigration system would actually be very ahistorical.”
When Acosta asked, “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” Miller responded, “I have to say, I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree.”
Chris Salcedo remarked on today’s “Chris Salcedo Show” that Jim Acosta has again “made himself the story as if he’s some sort of policy maker.”