RAISE Act

Well we all know of the DC two step that is going on these days and the Congress has dumped and left town for the month of August.

The GOP has made good on their threat to do something about immigration…..and Trump was the perfect vehicle for them…..

The Congress has given the country the RAISE Act or shall we call it the Reforming American Immigration for Stronger Employment Act.  How is that for a title?

Lots of chatter about the bill/act……more opposition than defense…..

Anyway how many of us mere mortals know what is in this “Act”?

You could dash for the Google button or just read on……

The Republican-backed proposal, which would significantly reduce the number of people allowed to legally immigrate to America, would weigh each person’s age, education, English ability, job offer salary, investments and even whether the person has an Olympic medal. The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, favors people between the ages of 26 and 30 with a doctorate, high English proficiency and a job offer with a high salary. Applicants would need at least 30 points to be eligible to apply for a visa under the proposal, and the fastest way to get there is to have received a Nobel Prize or comparable international award, which gives applicants a head start of 25 points. Applicants with the highest number of points would go to the front of the line to receive visas.

The bill, introduced by Republican Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton, has failed to gain traction beyond the President’s endorsement and is unlikely to pass Congress. But if Trump had his way and it became law, here’s how you would fare if you were trying to immigrate to the U.S. under the restrictions.

For greater clarity, some answers are simplified from what appears in the bill. For example, the legislation proposes an English test, with points allotted based on the applicant’s performance. We instead created categories ranking English ability. The question about job salaries took the bill’s original language regarding “150% of median income” and calculated actual salaries based on the U.S. median household income of $51,939 in 2014.

If you are truly interested in this bill…… The full text of the bill can be found here.

I got to thinking about my great-grandfather when he came to this country in 1898.  He was 50 years old, poor, badly educated and spoke little English and had enough money to get him through maybe a year…..with those credentials he would NOT be eligible to immigrate to the US.

I will agree that there needs to be some sort of immigration policy but is this the best we could do?

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10 thoughts on “RAISE Act

  1. I don’t personally know any legal immigrant with whom I work that would qualify under this legislation. We are talking about people with degrees, have good English skills, and make relatively good wages. The intention behind this is pretty clear and I the authoritarian right would absolutely love it.

  2. Let me see now. I am 65, living on two pensions, and did not go to university. I never had a single sporting skill, nor won any cups.
    On the plus side, I am white, and nominally a Christian by birth and baptism. I did win three book prizes for essays at school, and I do have a medal for serving in the Ambulance Service. It’s a big one too, very shiny, with a nice green and white ribbon. I also have a certificate of service for serving with the Special Operations Department of The Metropolitan Police.
    Weighing up the pros against the cons, do you think Mr T will let me in?
    Best wishes, Pete.

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