President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade, a goal Trump endorsed on the campaign trail that would represent a profound change to U.S. immigration policies that have been in place for half a century.

Trump appeared with Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in April to cut immigration by half from the current level of more than 1 million green cards per year granting foreigners permanent legal residence in the United States.

The outlines of the legislation reflect the aims Trump touted on the campaign trail, when he argued that the rapid growth of immigration over five decades had harmed job opportunities for American workers and led to risks to national security. Trump had met twice previously at the White House with Cotton and Perdue to discuss the details of their legislation, which is titled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act

The legislation would mark a major shift in U.S. immigration laws, which over the past half century have permitted a growing number of immigrants to come to the country to work or join relatives already living here legally.

To achieve the reductions and create what they call a “merit-based system,” Cotton and Perdue are taking aim at green cards for extended family members of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, limiting such avenues for grown children and siblings. Minor children and spouses would still be eligible to apply for green cards.

The senators also propose to end a visa diversity lottery that has awarded 50,000 green cards a year, mostly to areas in the world that traditionally do not have as many immigrants to the United States, including Africa. And the bill caps refugee levels at 50,000 per year



merit based system.

Let me know if I’m wrong, is the current system yet there’s some engineer who gets a job in the US, his wife and kid come too, then his parents, his parents, his brother and sisters and hers, and 100+ other people?

Partly yes. First of all, it takes years to get a green card in the US let alone you are competing with a many people who don’t even speak English.

This act ensures that American dream is still alive for hard working immigrants and I’m talking with respect to white collar workers.

You sir are a fool if you think djt will be your champion.

First it will be gradual, its them not you and you will be happy then they will come for you and there will be no one left to speak for you.

Oldest trick in the book

Whats that poem first they came?

welfare champions.

We are talking about immigration, not the poem. #Mixedup.

I’m in favor of the Merit Based System, but I don’t think this will align with djt voters . The div lottery allows 50K annually to enter the country,while I’m all in for adding this to the H1B cap In all seriousness the H1B people are the ones most trump voters are concerned about. If anything higher skilled immigrants will pose more dangers to American Jobs than people whose only skill is to Stay Mediocre in their McJobs .

Lol, Stevie Banny is on record saying he isn’t a fan of the number of skilled immigrants in Silicon Valley but obv. they were just joking guys. They love us, we are SKILLED not like those illegal Mexicans.

A candidate must have at least 30 points to apply.

Here’s how the points would be doled out:


Priority is given to prime working ages. Someone aged 18 through 21 gets six points, ages 22 through 25 gets eight points and ages 26 through 30 get 10 points.

The points then decrease, with someone aged 31 through 35 getting eight points, 36 through 40 getting six points, ages 41 through 45 getting four points and ages 46 through 50 getting two points.

Minors under the age of 18 and those over the age of 50 receive no points, though people over 50 years old are still allowed to apply.


Points are distributed based on the highest degree a person has achieved. One point is given for an applicant with a US high school diploma or the foreign equivalent. A foreign bachelor’s degree earns five points, while a US bachelor’s degree earns six points.

A foreign master’s degree in STEM fields earns seven points while a US master’s earns eight points. A foreign professional degree or doctorate earns 10 points and a US equivalent earns 13.

English ability

Points are also given out for English ability, as determined by standardized English test.

Anyone with less than a 60th percentile proficiency gets no points. Between 60th and 80th percentile is worth six points, someone in the 80th to 90th percentile range earns 10 points, someone with a 90th percentile proficiency or above earns 11 points, and someone in the 100th percentile range earns 12 points.

Job offer?

The only point scale that factors in whether an individual actually has a job offer in the US comes in the form of salary in an effort to boost wages.

Five points are awarded if an applicant has a job offer that will pay at least 150% of median household income in the state where he or she will be employed. That goes up to eight points if the income is 200% the median income, and 13 points if it’s 300% the median.

Nobel Prize

There are bonus points available for “extraordinary achievement,” mainly reserved for major international awards. The system grants 25 points to someone who has won a Nobel prize or something “comparable.”


Fifteen points would be given to someone earning an individual Olympic medal or relatively competitive international sporting event.


The bill would eliminate a category of visas that spurred foreign investment in the US, the EB-5 program, which was used by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s family businesses to build major real estate projects.

That concept is represented by awarding six points to an applicant who invests $1.35 million into a “new commercial enterprise” in the US, maintained for three years and with that individual holding management of that business as his or her primary application. The points go up to 12 if the investment is $1.8 million.


The bill also requires applicants, if they want to bring a spouse with them, to calculate the points the spouse would earn under the same rubric.


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

Is it “coming after” people if you’re just letting fewer of them in? There are plenty of things wrong with djt. This isn’t a strong argument though.

anyone read that baldy stephen millers ‘work’? what a weirdo, i bet he a mod on stormfront

i disagree. i feel that if they get more skilled workers. the amount of taxes they will pay will be higher than the amount of benefits they receive. it will negatively affect highly skilled workers, but highly skilled means high in demand so their income was going to go up anyways. the us citizens who are low skill workers, can then receive universal basic income on the backs of highly skilled immigrants not allowed representation in government.

Generally, this is bad as it limits immigration. The US faces declining population growth and this measure will only worsen the situation, creating a worse economic outlook. The system is definitely broken and needs to be fixed to allow more seamless legal immigration for both high-skilled and low-skilled labor. This bill make some improvements, but mostly is anti-immigrant to satisfy Trump’s ill-informed base. As someone else said, DJT is not your friend.

^ yea not sure how they plan to get 3% growth and cut immigration. Trumps policies really are all over the place and counterproductive to his other goals.

I love that cooler, whoevers alt that is uses the old Reagan welfare queens just like trump is using his MAGA. Dispite that its been proven false lets push the narrative! #fakenews

Apparently CNN, or at least Jim Acosta, believes that US immigration policy must eternally be dictated by a sonnet written in 1883.