President Donald Trump put the majority of his emphasis on illegal immigration during the campaign, so it’s easy to forget that he also promised to limit legal immigration as well. But while the thugs crossing the border are a major problem, some argue that the number of people being allowed to legally migrate to the U.S. is far too high and has taken a toll on job availability and the overall American economy. According to Politico, the Trump administration is designing a plan that would address these problems with some dramatic solutions. The goal? To cut legal immigration in half for the foreseeable future.
The White House has signaled its support for a bill sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue that will debut later this summer. Under the terms of the bill, the U.S. would revise down the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country annually by 50% until 2027.
“Senator Cotton knows that being more deliberate about who we let into our country will raise working-class wages, which is why an overwhelming majority of Americans support it,” a spokesman for Cotton told Politico. “He and Senator Perdue are working with President Trump to fix our immigration system so that instead of undercutting American workers, it will support them and their livelihoods.”
The senators have a strong ally in White House aide Stephen Miller, a man who – along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions – has long had uncompromising views regarding the state of legal immigration into the U.S.
In comments to Politico, the White House said they were going to be taking a strict look at those who want to come into the United States, starting with their ability to contribute to their adopted homeland.
“In order to be eligible for citizenship,” said a senior administration official, “you’ll have to demonstrate you are self-sufficient and you don’t receive welfare. You’re going to reduce low-skilled immigration substantially, which will protect American workers and recent immigrants.”
The fact is, as much as the phrase “we’re a nation of immigrants” is used for liberal political purposes, the truth of that phrase is growing more inarguable by the day. Forty years ago, approximately 1 in 20 American residents were born in another country. According to the latest Census projections, we’re rapidly approaching the point where 1 in 7 residents will be foreign born. We cannot be too simple minded or soft-hearted about what this means for our country, our economy, and our way of life.
America is changing quickly. But we have the right to stop and have a discussion about the speed with which it’s changing without being accused of bigotry or xenophobia. This isn’t about nationalism, this is about our rights AS a nation. Our right TO BE a nation. And the questions that need to be answered need to be answered now. If we wait much longer, it will be too late.