NEW YORK, NY, August 29, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The new controversial immigration overhaul bill, the RAISE Act, co-authored by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Louisiana and backed by Donald Trump, will most likely never pass House of Representatives and United States Senate, according to a spokesperson from the www.usgreencardoffice.com
"The President would need minimum 60 votes out of 100 for it to pass, and he only has a maximum of 52 republican votes," said Thomas Smith from the Immigration Team at US Green Card Office in New York
President Trump threw his support behind the controversial proposal, which favors applicants for immigration who speak English and are already financially stable. It would also prohibit recent immigrants from receiving welfare, and would reportedly have the effect of gutting annual legal immigration from about one million per year to about 500,000.
"Given the explosive nature of this RAISE Act
, it is highly unlikely that the Republicans would be able to rustle up the required number of bipartisan support for it.
With the GOP, currently in control of 52 seats in the Senate, it means they would need eight Democrats or independents to side with them to get the bill passed," explained Mr. Smith.
On the other hand, if this bill gets an outpouring of public support, it seems unlikely there will be route for the RAISE Act to make it through the Senate. Given the political implications of the bill, Thomas Smith does not see this happening.
President Donald Trump has embraced legislation that would dramatically reduce legal immigration and shift the nation toward a system that prioritizes merit and skills over family ties.
He believes RAISE Act demonstrates his administration's "compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and puts America first."
However, Mr. Smith sees this as the president's latest example of supporting an issue that animated the core voters of his 2016 campaign.
However, Smith sees a significant difference between the new RAISE Act and the Immigration Act of 1990
, signed into law by George H. W. Bush on November 29, 1990.
Citing projection models put forward by the bill's sponsors, Smith pointed out the bill will slash immigration by 41 percent in the legislation's first year, and 50 percent in its 10th.
Besides, he said the bill would further slash the refugees number in half and eliminate a program that provides visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration.
Some immigrant advocates have further criticized the proposal, saying that slashing legal immigration would hurt industries like agriculture and harm the economy. According to Jeremy Robbins, executive director of New American Economy, a group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, "Our system is broken, but the response should be to modernize it, not take a sledgehammer to it."
However, Smith said the former Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was a national reform that made provision to allow 700,000 immigrants to come to the U.S. per year for the fiscal years '92-'94, and 675,000 per year after that.
It provided family based immigration visa, created five distinct employment based visas, categorized by occupation, as well as the diversity visa program
which created a lottery to admit immigrants from "low admittance" countries or countries where their citizenry was underrepresented in the U.S.
Besides these immigrant visas, Smith said there were also changes in non-immigrant visas like the H-1B visa for highly skilled workers. There were also cutbacks in the allotment of visas available for extended relatives. The Temporary protected status visa was also created where Congress established a procedure by which the Attorney General may provide TPS to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary condition.
Other aspects of the act, noted Smith, include lifting the English testing process for naturalization which was imposed in the Naturalization Act of 1906 and eliminating the exclusion of homosexuals under the medically unsound classification of "sexual deviant" that was present in the passage of the 1965 Act.
George H. W. Bush was quoted in saying he was also "pleased to note that this Act facilitates immigration not just in numerical terms, but also in terms of basic entry rights of those beyond our borders. "The administration, therefore, saw the importance of this amendment in extending a welcoming to those previously excluded nations/individuals.
"The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and the RAISE Act of 2017 is like day and night. Total opposites. To have this new bill pass in the Congress would be a retrograde step, and indictment on us as a people.
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