The Immigration Mash-Up

As always the GOP is looking for ways to limit the non-white population of the world from coming to America…..they just do some disguising to make it palatable to the population.

This Congress is NO different….we have a new bill floating around Congress… is popular with the Trump base and some others….but economists do not see the clear path as the conservs…..

Plus there was a media mash-up with a spokesman from the administration….high drama at its best….should play well on Breibart and other psuedo-news sites and blogs.

President Trump raised the stakes in the immigration debate on Wednesday with his support of a radically new system that would favor immigrants with job skills and fluency in English over those with family ties. Unlike Trump’s previous emphasis on reducing illegal immigration, this plan would focus on reducing legal immigration, by a lot. The White House says it would be similar to the merit-based systems used by Australia and Canada. Details and coverage:

  • The bill: Trump’s plan is based on a bill introduced in the Senate by David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. It’s called the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE, and the legislation is here. They introduced it in February and it hasn’t gone anywhere since.
  • The reductions: About 1 million people are currently granted legal residency each year, and this merit-based system would cut that by 41% in its first year and 50% in its 10th, per the AP.
  • Points system: The New York Times takes a look at how the Australian system works. Would-be immigrants receive the most points, up to 60, for having needed skills; they get fewer points, up to 20, for fluency in English. They also get points based on age, with those 25 to 32 receiving the most. The idea is to bring in people able to support themselves, though one critic says the system is “full of holes.” Canada has a similar system, though its version also aims to promote a multicultural society. The Times had a separate story on Canada’s system in March. Of note: Both nations let in a greater number of immigrants per capita than the US does.
  • Economists say no: The Washington Post reports that most economists—16 of 18 in its July survey—think it’s a foolish idea to cut immigration because it will hurt economic growth and raise the risk of recession. “We need to modernize the immigration system, but cutting immigration in half is bad for the economy and bad policy,” says Jeremy Robbins of New American Economy, a coalition founded by Michael Bloomberg.
  • Opposition: The White House support will give the bill new life, but its prospects still aren’t good because not only Democrats oppose it. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, for instance, said it would devastate South Carolina’s tourism industry by reducing the number of low-wage workers at hotels and restaurants, per the Post and Courier. Among Democrats, Dianne Feinstein says it would “cripple” the agriculture industry, per the Hill.
  • In favor: A post at the conservative Power Line blog lauds the idea. “It’s fine to continue on as a nation of immigrants, but shouldn’t we also want to protect the wages of recent immigrants and other Americans with low levels of educational attainment?” asks Paul Mirengoff.
  • Acosta vs. Miller: The exchange between White House aide Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta continues to make headlines. Watch it in full via the Los Angeles Times.

This bill will be fun to watch the theatrics from both sides.


10 thoughts on “The Immigration Mash-Up

  1. The points system is being suggested here, after we exit the EU. Problem is, it allows in skilled workers and professionals, which reduces training opportunities and vacancies for the people already here. It creates a shortage of unskilled workers for the service industry and agriculture, jobs that the local people do not want. So, it doesn’t work, whatever way you play it.
    Regards, Pete.

  2. Thanks for the great overview of this topic. It will be interesting to see how it pans out…also fun to think about where I’d be living today (or if I’d be living) if this had been in place when my entirely-without-merit Irish ancestors fled famine and persecution.

  3. Great analysis. It’s really sad that the GOP seems to play to American’s fear and ignorance when it comes to immigration.

    Check out my thoughts on the GOP’s immigration bill I would greatly appreciate a follow if your interested and I would love to respond to comments

  4. I am one of these GOP conservatives and I enjoyed reading about the counter opinion to my own. I am all for people immigrating to the US and encourage it however I would like them to enter the country with the permission of the people and follow the laws of the land.

    If someone broke in to your house through the window and ate your food when you weren’t looking you would most likely have a problem with it. If that same person knocked on the door and you let them in and they asked for a glass of milk, I would have no issues with providing it for them. This is how I personally see the immigration issue.

    Ask permission. Simple as that.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on some of my posts on PoliticalSoaps.

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