Perdue’s legal immigration overhaul to get White House rollout

President Donald Trump, accompanied by, from left, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, holds up a signed Executive Order, Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Treasury Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — An overhaul of the country’s legal immigration system co-authored by Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue is getting red carpet treatment at the White House on Wednesday, receiving a seal of approval from President Donald Trump that proponents hope can give the divisive proposal some momentum on Capitol Hill.

The White House announced Tuesday evening that Trump would be making an announcement with Perdue and his Republican colleague Tom Cotton of Arkansas on Wednesday morning. A source familiar with the rollout said the event would focus on legislation expanding on the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, that the two senators released in February.

“We want people that worked really hard in their country and that are going to come into our country and work really, really hard,” Trump said at an event in Ohio last week, during which he mentioned working with Perdue and Cotton. “We don’t want people that come into this country and immediately go on welfare and stay there for the rest of their lives.”

Perdue and Cotton’s proposal, which aims to sharply lower the number of permanent, legal migrants the government allows into the country each year, so far has not advanced in the Republican-led Senate. That’s because curtailing legal immigration is seen as a controversial issue — even within the GOP — since it’s of utmost importance to many U.S. businesses.

Their original bill would:

  • Limit the number of refugees admitted annually to 50,000 (compared to the 110,000 refugees then-President Barack Obama announced he would allow in last year).
  • Kill the State Department’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, a popular lottery program that selects roughly 50,000 people annually to permanently live in the U.S., or roughly 0.3 percent of applicants to the program.
  • No longer offer green card preference to the extended family or adult children of immigrants already living legally in the U.S. Spouses, children under 18 and sick parents would still be given preference.

Immigrant and refugee groups based in Georgia panned the effort.

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Jim Newton
Jim Newton

Don't like the fact that Georgia has sanctuary cities, and apparently were forced to. There are a couple of terrorists training camps in Georgia. Wake up people!

Jim Newton
Jim Newton

David Perdue is a great American, and has integrity! Love this guy!

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin

We should ban ALL non European immigration!!

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Good for Perdue proud he is being active speaking up Help him wrapper

Allan Boyd
Allan Boyd

Perdue is an embarrassment to Georgia!

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

Well at least he's being honest and open about his intentions ...

Frank Shirley
Frank Shirley

A step in the right direction but an IMMIGRATION MORATORIUM would be better. Repeal the Immigration Act of 1965 which is responsible for destroying America. Truthful news about immigration at vdare dot com.

Ric Murry
Ric Murry

Good thing his weight doesn't amount to much any longer.

Cory Jobe
Cory Jobe

Now let's all watch as this fails as well.

Lashelle Scott
Lashelle Scott

So is he going to be deported? Last time I checked Native Americans are the only ones who are not immigrants. I never could stand this racist POS

Bradley Barnes
Bradley Barnes

Every 2.5 months the number of *legal* immigrants admitted is over the entire population within the city limits of atlanta. Every 60 months around an entire population of georgia sized number of immigrants are *legally* admitted into the country. Georgia is America's 8th largest state, so twice a decade that is 2 × 8th largest states worth of legal immigrants admitted. That only counts the number of *legal* entries. That is in other words 1 immigant for every 3-4 american entering adulthood and needing to find work. This has a very real impact of depressing wages of americans. A study by anneburg and other *left* leaning foundations last year estimated that *illegal* immigrantiom depresses the total take home pay of americans by several hundred *billion* dollars a year. This mass immigration which vastly increases the labor pool allows corporations to pay much less. That is - the amount they are not paying workers and instead pocketing represents a massive transfer of wealth from the middle and working classes to Wall Street. At a time of stagnant wages, and,ever increasing cost of living and a shrinking middle class this is unaccceptable. America's immigration policy, and all of its public policy and laws for thst matter, should benefit the american people.

Frank Mutz
Frank Mutz

This is totally false. You are an outsider looking in and miss the big picture.

Bradley Barnes
Bradley Barnes

Please explain how im an "outsider" looking "in" and further how what I said is totally false.... Its based on the offical numbers from the fedeal goverment. I'm hoping by "totally false" you don't mean "this contradicts my preconceived notions and what I *want* to believe".

Kimberly Seman
Kimberly Seman

Republican's love to justify their Hate, racism, Bigotry, fear, and violence! Such a disgraceful Bill! I guess all the Fake Republican Christian's forget all the Bible verses about helping the immigrant just as they forget all Christ teachings about taking care of the poor and sick. Shameful!

Jon Crumbley
Jon Crumbley

Coming to the USA is a privilege not a right. We're not the world's Motel6.

Frank Mutz
Frank Mutz

Jon Crumbley I'm glad no one told that to your ancestors.

Jim Newton
Jim Newton

Frank Mutz, wake up and smell the roses! You know, muslims have more than one wife, and our tax dollars cannot support these families, but have been, and it's killing our economy, not to mention America's history. I'm with John Crumbley.

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Pat Blackwell
Pat Blackwell

Ga, has sanctuary cities and Perdue trying to sell...well ok.

Jon Crumbley
Jon Crumbley

Corporations actually thrive on low skill low paid labor. So it's not really wanted by corporations............

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Jon Crumbley corporations thrive on corporate welfare. Billionaires like the Walton's made their money on the backs of taxpayers. Charles Koch wealth increased by 300% over the last eight years because of corporate welfare.

Chris Trudeau
Chris Trudeau

It will be fitting to see this voted down in the Senate...Maybe he can be presiding over the Senate that day too!

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Lying is a bonafide Republican trait--but lying about everything, every day is a Trump trait which apparently is starting to grate on the everyday lying Republicans.

Melanie Barrett
Melanie Barrett

At the least, 60M Americans support this proposed bill.

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

Where are they that's a bigly number, somewhere between alternative and. delusional.

Jane McDaniel
Jane McDaniel

I am from a Georgia and I apologize profusely for Perdue. He is a typical greedy, grasping, nasty, white, male member of the GOP! God save us from this group and this man!

Kent Altom
Kent Altom

There may be a professional who could help you control your emotional rages. If that is too much for you to handle, perhaps a relaxing lunch at the Blue Willow Inn would do you good.

Danny Greer
Danny Greer

Gotta love us white male republicans

Jim Newton
Jim Newton

I'm from Georgia, and absolutely salute David Perdue. He has integrity, and is supporting our President 100%! Let's Make America Great Again! USA, USA, USA!

Jim Newton
Jim Newton

Apparently you're a Progressive, Jane. That's ok. Because most Americans are tired of the socialist/communist agendas that have NO place in our Republic! I love David Perdue, and live in Georgia! We don't need for you , Jane, to apologize for David Perdue, because he's what we like to see in our leaders!

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Only two boneheads like Perdue and Cotton would author such a bill and of course the Orange Buffoon goes along with no clue of the ramifications because he  refuses to read and analyze policy matters -SAD!

weetamoe
weetamoe

Their persuasive argument is that the US needs skilled immigrants. The US needs to encourage and welcome immigrants capable of doing jobs that Americans are not smart enough to do---not immigrants willing to do jobs that US citizens do not want to do. In other words, the country needs brain, not brawn.

Ryan Lee
Ryan Lee

With Trump's help, that bill's a guaranteed loser.

Diane Geary
Diane Geary

Great idea to help MAGA! Making tremendous progress.

Lisa Kathleen Edwards
Lisa Kathleen Edwards

Georgia nativism is embarrassing enough here, it's 1 million times worse when it's prorated on the national stage.

Jim Newton
Jim Newton

Then move, Lisa Kathleen Edwards.

Lisa Kathleen Edwards
Lisa Kathleen Edwards

I would love to but my family situation as well as my professional licensing (which is needed to stay gainfully employed) is currently such tha Va move isn't possible. So I guess I'll have to keep working to bring the state into the 21st century.