By Christina Prignano/Boston Globe
President Trump and two conservative senators unveiled new legislation Wednesday that would impose tough new standards on those seeking green cards.
Calling the current system broken, Trump said the aim of the legislation was to bring in higher-skilled workers who can speak English and support themselves financially. He said the new system would improve wages and save “billions and billions of dollars.”
“They’re not going to come in and just immediately go on welfare,” Trump said.
The legislation is sponsored by Republican Sens. David Purdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton at Arkansas. Both lawmakers joined Trump at the White House on Wednesday, where the president publicly endorsed the bill. His involvement puts him at the center of efforts to overhaul the system of legal immigration.
Trump called it the “biggest change in 50 years” to the nation’s immigration system.
The bill, called the RAISE Act, would only address legal immigration, and would leave open the question of what happens to the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a hallmark of his administration.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
Source: The Boston Globe Online