What’s in David Perdue’s new Trump-backed legal immigration overhaul?

President Donald Trump, flanked by Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Ark., left, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump officially threw his support behind a legal immigration overhaul co-authored by Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue on Wednesday.

The proposal touted at the White House is actually an expanded version of a bill Perdue and his GOP colleague Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced back in February.

The biggest update to the bill centers on the skilled workers seeking to immigrant to the U.S. permanently.

The new Reforming American Immigration for Strong Economy Act, or RAISE Act, would create a merit-based points system that would prioritize would-be migrants who speak English, are well-educated and possess specific skill sets that U.S. employers cannot find easily here in America. It’s inspired by the systems currently used in Canada and Australia, Perdue’s office said.

It would cap the number of those employment-based visas to 140,000 a year. It would also bar the people who ultimately receive those visas from using welfare and other types of federal benefits for five years after immigrating to America.

Otherwise, the new RAISE Act keeps most of the bill’s original proposals in place. It 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.

It would not touch the system in place for temporary workers, the immigrants farmers rely on heavily for seasonal work.

Read more: Trump endorses David Perdue’s proposal to halve legal immigration levels

Reader Comments 3

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Carol Durham
Carol Durham

Slashing immigration will destroy Georgia's agricultural economy. Perdue is being ignorant.

A Ayodele Smith
A Ayodele Smith

So you're not just interested in keeping out the "bad hombres" but also those who immigrate legally? Talk about making America white again.

Roberta Cromlish
Roberta Cromlish

Immigrants will come in all colors and surnames. We, the taxpayers, will simply not be responsible for supporting them from cradle to grave.

A Ayodele Smith
A Ayodele Smith

Roberta Cromlish what does that have to do with what I said?

Mary Reynoso
Mary Reynoso

Not me he's not the person I thought he was

Buddy Bernardo
Buddy Bernardo

I thought Republicans were about family values. Which is it? Also, do you not realize that immigrants have family connections in the US with other US citizens, so this is actually therefore negating your argument about putting Americans first? They are Americans too. How about instead of blaming immigrants for taking low-skilled jobs, you actually advocate for funding for education and workforce development?

Lexa King
Lexa King

Let's make life better for all pf us. Deport Perdue.

Leslie Johnson
Leslie Johnson

Perdue loves T***p. Too bad he doesn't care about the country and his state.

Leslie Johnson
Leslie Johnson

He does not deserve the respect.. Not my president!

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

What you can't type "Trump" or you might melt? Ridiculous

Kevin Tuttle
Kevin Tuttle

Ah, that's good. Few things are more likely to sink it than Trump's endorsement.

Rosemary Stefenelli
Rosemary Stefenelli

Perdue has decided to do something??? Wow and its immigration. Ask him how the farmers of South Georgia are doing without farm workers.

Jay Ansley
Jay Ansley

Remember to report it accurately- David Purdue was a co-sponsor with Tom Cotton. Don't try to make him a villain because our country is being overrun with illegals who are sucking our country dry................MPA

Lexa King
Lexa King

Sucking our country dry? Oh, are you talking about Dump who is making money hand over fist at the expense of Ametican taxpayers?

Leslie Johnson
Leslie Johnson

Mr Cotton is a traitor, in my opinion. And we have fewer illegals, who perform important jobs in the agriculture fields. As a constituent of Mr. Perdue, I will be on the phone to his office today, to express my dissatisfaction with the direction he is taking.

Elise Ledbetter
Elise Ledbetter

Called yesterday. Purdue is a trumper. And btw unless you are native American, everyone in the US is a child of immigrants who sucked our country dry in their time.And in doing so made made our country a world leader. At least until trump.

Elise Ledbetter
Elise Ledbetter

BTW Mr. Coast Guard where did your immigrant family come from?

Joy Fulmer Turner
Joy Fulmer Turner

It doesn't say give them welfare and food stamps....snowflake

Roberta Cromlish
Roberta Cromlish

Shelley Lange Rahiya From the fabricator Dan Rather? He's as believable as Joy Behar. lolol

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Joy Fulmer Turner You mean the people in the back woods of Kentucky and Ohio draining the system and paying nothing in?

Roy Redding
Roy Redding

Shelley Lange Rahiya - You are a fool! We are a nation of laws, first and foremost. The laws are simply being enforced. This country is $20T in debt. We can't afford to take care of ourselves! Yet, you think we can afford to take carew

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

So how much can we expect food prices to increase given the deportations, fear and now this? Gear up everyone - fruit, vegetables, food processing doesn't happen by itself and from what I've read few Americans want those jobs at lower pay and tough working conditions. And then what happens to American workers in the food industry if the crops etc. aren't picked? What happens to restaurant prices? Sorry - but I do have a few questions ... because all this deportation and condemning immigrants is going to impact my household budget.

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

Don't forget the slaughter houses and chicken farms.....

Lee VonderHaar
Lee VonderHaar

There are plenty of people that will work for a good wage.

Elise Ledbetter
Elise Ledbetter

Where? Cause California has stuff rotting from lack of workers and Georgia and S. Carolina are hurting. You want an application?

Tamye Riggs
Tamye Riggs

Thanks for volunteering to work in the fields, Lee. How about rounding up thousands more like you and getting to work?

Katherine White
Katherine White

I'd like to see Perdue immigrate out of Georgia. What a lousy representative for our state.

Virginia Hodges
Virginia Hodges

When the farmers in Georgia go bankrupt he will change his mind. There is no one to do that work but them. Good luck

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Perdue is a bought and paid for corporate stooge. This will not create jobs for Americans. Companies will do like Dumpster does; just get waivers bring in foreign workers who they can pay less, provide no benefits, and if they complain just call ICE and the government will send them home.

David Freedom
David Freedom

And while Trump wants a smarter Illegal alien? How about getting rid of MORE than 600 of them In the entire United States ‼️ The latest news was FLASH‼️ The DHS has caught 600 and deported "some " of the worst illegals in our country ‼️ WTF , 600 out of 10 million ‼️🤡

David Freedom
David Freedom

Kerry Oaborne Ok , Ok , but we are talking about at least one Million Elephants, I'm just saying how bout opening the DHS 's MOUTH and take Bigger Bites‼️ That's all

Kerry Oaborne
Kerry Oaborne

You expect to catch them all at one time? How do you eat an elephant?

Diane Dobranski Self
Diane Dobranski Self

Ellis Island Welcomed Legal Immagrants. Never illegal. So your statement is mute.

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

Diane Dobranski Self my point is the statue doesn't require rich and educated people to come in. You missed my point.

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

Diane Dobranski Self Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Pam Trammell
Pam Trammell

It's not about anything you're stating. Maybe this will help you understand why most tax payers are angry about illegal aliens. I am not rich, nor am I highly educated, but THIS I can see quite clearly. http://www.wannalol.com/p/763380

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

Pam Trammell no human is *illegal*. I'm sure we can solve this problem without referring to Gods children this way.

Pam Trammell
Pam Trammell

Shelley Lange Rahiya I'm a hard working tax paying citizen. This, again, has nothing to do with being or not being Gods children, or any companies problems. I'M PAYING FOR THEM, AND I CANNOT DO THIS MUCH LONGER.

Diane Dobranski Self
Diane Dobranski Self

Shelley , the people still had to have paperwork. Still had to abide by the laws. Hell some names were even changed slightly, due to the pronunciation problem. These were the stories my Grandparents told. As the same with many of our friends and other families in our neighborhood.

Jaye Walker
Jaye Walker

Without immigration you would have been born in Europe.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Pam Trammell Who are you paying for? This is so biased it is sick. No one is illegal and this post is total BS. Your taxes are spread over the back woods of the mid west helping to prop up all the poor families.

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