What is The RAISE Act?

Co-authored by Senator David Perdue from GA (R) and Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas (R), the bill could reduce legal immigration down to 500,000 per year from the current one million new green card holders.

This potential overhaul to the immigration system in place since 1965 that prioritized extended family relationships rather than skills would grant priority favoritism to people who not only speak English but also have the ability to financially support themselves by gaining meaningful employment and not requiring welfare.

After decades of low-skilled workers flooding the labor force and causing blue collar wages to decline, studies have shown that roughly 51 percent of households headed by immigrants rely on at least one taxpayer-funded, federal welfare program.

Who Would Be Most Affected by the RAISE Act?

With its requirement for the ability to speak English, The RAISE Act would grant preference to people coming from English speaking countries, such as Australia and Canada – countries that are most like the US. The skills-based point system is already in place in these countries, and points are awarded based on.

  • Age
  • English Proficiency
  • Entrepreneurial Investment
  • Job Skills

Individuals from underdeveloped countries with poor economies would have a disadvantage in many instances, as the employment and English speaking requirements could reduce their chances to enter the country legally.

Currently, about two-thirds of the over 1.1 million new green cards go to family members of people currently in this country, whether or not the immigrant can assimilate into the country and contribute to the economy. Only one out of every fifteen new immigrants who receive green cards at this time is a recipient due to their skills.

Family-based green cards under The RAISE Act would be provided to only nuclear family members, such as spouses and minor children. Elderly parents would be allowed for caretaking purposes, but could not access services funded by taxpayers. Adult children and siblings of a current US citizen would be required to earn their way in based on the point system.

Are There Any Other Provisions of the RAISE Act?

The RAISE Act would also prohibit green card holders who recently arrived from receiving welfare.

The current diversity visa lottery that allows 50,000 people into the US from countries that have historically low rates of immigration would also be eliminated by The RAISE Act. This would prevent people from limited means and backgrounds from gaining entry into the US while favoring applicants of “privilege.”

A cap of 50,000 immigrants for refugee admissions is another aspect of The RAISE Act.

When Will The RAISE Act Become Legal?

The RAISE Act has very little chance of passing a vote in the Senate as it would need 60 votes to prevent a Democratic filibuster. Since only 52 seats are under Republican control, it is unlikely that a total of eight Democrats or Independents would vote out of party lines for passage.

It is also important to note that a bipartisan commission created by President Bill Clinton in 1996 recommended many of these same changes to the immigration policy, but the recommendations were never implemented.

For additional information about The RAISE Act, please contact Coral Springs attorneys Brodzki Jacobs & Associates, PL at (954) 344-7737

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