GOP Leadership Waves the White Flag on Real Immigration Reform

Friday, 11 Aug, 2017

(Canada and Australia already have such systems, but they're seemingly immune to criticism simply because those nations seem pretty chill.) Some of the points awarded in the new system would be based on salary level, rewarding foreign nationals who have been offered high-paying jobs in the United States - an attempt to reverse the cheap imported labor trend that has done so much harm to the USA economy.

Trump has often railed against the H-1B visa program used by many tech companies to bring in high-skilled foreign workers to work as engineers, computer scientists, and programmers. However, that pattern shifted when immigrants began to arrive from Italy and other parts of Southern and Eastern Europe. The questions ask an individual's age, level of education, English competency, the salary and type of job they were offered prior to arriving in the United States, investments and if they won any medals in the Olympics.

The (National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine) report assembles research from 14 leading economists, demographers and other scholars, including some, like Marta Tienda of Princeton, who write favorably about the impacts of immigration and others who are skeptical of its benefits, like George J. Borjas, a Harvard economist. Its central premise - that it would help American workers - is false. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and the American character reflects the intermingling of peoples from all over the world. At a news conference announcing the bill, Trump adviser Stephen Miller stressed that the families of present immigrants would be grandfathered under the new rules but indicated that future immigrants would not be able to sponsor adult children or siblings unless they met the new requirements.

The new system would have a two-step process.

That is, of course, what U.S. Sen. They'd receive an immediate score, on a scale of 0 to 100, based on education, age, job, investment, extraordinary achievements and English-language ability.

By preferring only college-educated immigrants, this GOP plan actually does reduce the number of good jobs for current American citizens, leaving the fast-food, hotel, landscaping and convenience store jobs for the rest of the country.

"The "points-based" system should be designed essentially as combination of Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT, GRE/GMAT), GPA, university ranking, and teacher recommendations and testimonials". It's this side of the issue that's addressed in the RAISE Act. In Arkansas, for example, the 300 percent mark of median wages is $128,394; in Georgia, it's $152,304. Points are awarded for extraordinary achievement, such as a Nobel Laureate.

Many of these immigrants who are waiting for their priority date to become current are now in danger of losing out on their opportunity to be with their families in the U.S.as the proposed bill is set to eliminate such visa petitions.

Politico's poll came after a CNN poll released on Monday showed the president's approval rating at 38%, compared to 56% who disapproved. And the bill caps refugee levels at 50,000 per year. Eight of the 15 occupations expected to experience the fastest growth between 2014 and 2024 - personal care and home health aides, food preparation workers, janitors and the like - require no schooling at all. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who may be young in years, but who is the poster boy for the party's ossified establishment, went to work dampening any expectations that we might have an immigration policy that serves the public interest any time soon. "Although this bill has not passed yet, Trump is making it very clear that immigration reform is at the top of his list; and not just illegal immigration, but legal immigration as well". They might argue that it's because our country has changed in the past century.