The Raise Act Is Being Touted as Sensible Immigration Reform and Good for America

Updated on August 8, 2017

The RAISE Act rewrites U.S. immigration requirements

Trump's campaign slogan was Make America Great Again
Trump's campaign slogan was Make America Great Again | Source

The Trump Administration is backing a Conservative Republican proposal introduced in the house August second.

The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act is the first piece of legislation drafted by House Conservatives with the exception of Health Care since Trump took office. Introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) RAISE would purportedly create jobs and increase wages by changing the rules on who will be allowed to immigrate. The Act coupled with the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would also decrease the influx of immigrants entering illegally. Trump says the Act, if passed, would restore America's competitive edge while restoring trust between the government and its citizens. The problem is, in the end skilled American workers would pay the price.

Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Purdue introduced the RAISE Act

The RAISE Act changes nearly all of the immigration rules currently in place.

Only immediate family could accompany an individual immigrant, and only those accepted under the RAISE Act would be given permanent residency, not immigrants already living and working in the U.S. Work visas would be replaced with a skills based system dependent on an applicant's education, English skills, past achievements, and entrepreneurial skills. RAISE does not take into account work Americans don't want, like those in agriculture, meat packing, road work, and roofing (especially hot tar). (R) Senator Lindsey Graham pointed out that South Carolina's economy depends on migrant labor in agriculture and tourism.

Although it sounds good on paper, the RAISE Act would not benefit American workers or increase the wage base

The RAISE act will cost highly skilled American workers their jobs.
The RAISE act will cost highly skilled American workers their jobs. | Source

Skilled American workers would suffer under the RAISE Act

The highlight of The RAISE Act is that it ties immigration reform into recruiting more highly skilled foreign workers for jobs Trump says the American workforce doesn't have the skill sets to do. Both Republicans and Democrats have increased the number of visas for H-1B for two decades at the behest of manufacturers and tech giants like google, Apple, Amazon. Though Conservatives won't come clean about it American workers are losing high paying tech, research, and administrative jobs to H-1B immigrants in increasing numbers. In October, 2014, Disney H.R. staff began putting IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on notice that they would be laid off January 30, 2015. Similar layoffs have occurred at Microsoft, FOX studios, and the Marriott Corporation. Their replacements were insourced from other countries. In the past several months IT workers in hospitals have reported that in order to get laid off rather than fired, they have had to train their foreign replacements

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