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In a press conference today, Senator Perdue talked about how lawmakers usually focus on illegal immigration and don't talk about the holes in the legal immigration system.

Senator Perdue Unveils RAISE Act

07 February 2017

Georgia Senator David Perdue and Arkansas’s Senator Tom Cotton unveiled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act today.

This act, also called the RAISE act, will allegedly restore historic immigration levels to meet the needs of the economy. Both senators said that this act would lower overall immigration to about 630,000 in the first year and eventually, to about 530,000 by its tenth year, which would be a 50 percent reduction from the over a million immigrants who arrived in 2015.

In a press conference, Senator Perdue talked about how lawmakers usually focus on illegal immigration and don’t think about the holes in the legal immigration system.

“We are taking action to fix some of the shortcomings in our legal immigration system,” said Senator Perdue. “Returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages.”

Right now, the act has three goals: to prioritize immediate family households, to get rid of the visa lottery system, and to place ration limits on permanent residency for refugees.

US News reports that this legislation is the first in what is expected to be a series of bills aimed at reshaping the US immigration system and marks a major shift in the mainstream Republican stance on the issue.

 
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