Groups Praise Senators Rational Changes To Legal Immigration

“Giant step toward putting this nation back on the right track.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Reforming American Immigration For Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) to reshape our legal immigration system to better meet the needs of our economy, has earned praise from immigration experts and immigration groups. Here’s what they are saying:


National Review Editors: “[The RAISE ACT] is a carefully crafted, albeit limited, bill that would sharpen America’s immigration system so that it serves the American economy…The RAISE Act takes direct aim at this policy, restricting immigration preferences to the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. That change will mean that our immigration is based more on our economy’s needs than on accidents of birth.” (National Review Editorial, 02/07/2017)


Federation for American Immigration Reform: “Choosing immigrants based on family ties in the U.S. has proven to be a very poor predictor of their ability to succeed and thrive in today’s modern, competitive, high-tech and highly-skilled America. The RAISE Act takes the first crucial steps to reform this antiquated selection process, reduce extended family chain migration, while insuring that nuclear families are kept in-tact. The bill would move the nation toward a healthier skills- and merit-based immigrant selection process. It also recognizes that our current mass immigration policies are out of sync with the needs and realities of the nation, and returns immigration flows to a more traditional level.”

“We applaud Senators Cotton and Perdue for recognizing the complete dysfunction of our current immigration policy and taking a giant step toward putting this nation back on the right track in modernizing and injecting fairness and individual merit back into the immigrant selection process.” (FAIR Press Release, 02/07/2017)


Center for Immigration Studies: “Senators Cotton and Perdue have introduced a bill into the Senate called the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act that unashamedly puts the interests of the American people front and center. The bill would take measured steps to reduce, over a period of several years, legal immigration to levels more in line with historic norms than the million-plus our country has been absorbing annually for several years now. This is good for the wages of average Americans, and good for the national interest because it ensures not only that the arriving immigrants have a better chance at assimilation and integration into the national polity, but also that local governments, schools, and social safety nets are better poised to absorb them.”


PowerLine: “…The RAISE Act is sensible legislation that is well-tailored to give American workers a better shot at economic advancement. Critics on the left will tell us, as they constantly do, that we are a nation of immigrants. We are, but the RAISE Act won’t change us. We became a nation of immigrants via immigration at our historical levels. By restoring immigration to about those levels, we would remain a nation of immigrant, but one in which the wages of Americans, including recent immigrants, aren’t so severely squeezed.” (Paul Mirengoff on PowerLine, 02/07/2017)