US green cards: Global media reactions on the controversial immigration reform
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The RAISE Act proposes to reduce the number of green cards, or permanent residencies issued every year by half within a decade. Here are some of those reactions
Last Modified: Thu, Feb 09 2017. 12 44 PM IST
US senators Tom Cotton (left ) and David Perdue unveil legislation, aimed at curbing legal immigration by halving the number of legal immigrants admitted into the United States, in Washington on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
New Delhi: Two US senators have proposed a legislation to cut the number of legal immigrants to America by half within a decade, a move that could adversely hit those aspiring to get a green card or permanent residency in the US, including a large number of Indians.
The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, or RAISE Act, introduced by Republican senator Tom Cotton and David Perdue from the Democratic Party, seeks to alter the US immigration system to significantly reduce the number of foreigners admitted into the country without a skills-based visa.
The bill proposes to reduce the number of green cards, or permanent residencies issued every year, from about a million currently to half a million within a decade.
Here’s how the international media has reacted on the controversial immigration reform bill:
■ New York Daily News: It’s pitched as an economic and cultural salve for a nation where native-born Americans arguably deserve a fairer shot at employment opportunities, and where a critical mass of foreign-born people is changing the culture too fast. Both claims are outrageously wrong. Research shows that immigrants on balance create jobs for native-born Americans… Radically limiting legal immigration is not the path to reclaim American greatness. It’s a dour turn to a more culturally and economically impoverished nation.
■ NBC News: President Donald Trump is best known for his stance against illegal immigration, but activists are gearing up for a broader ideological fight over whether legal immigrants and foreign workers benefit the country… Trump’s friends in the business community have argued that the United States needs to mine more talent from abroad and bring in younger workers as the native-born population ages in order to boost the economy.
■ Politico: Overlooked in Donald Trump’s campaign crusade against illegal immigration was his vow to crack down on legal immigration, too. Now, senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a reliable Trump ally, is taking steps to execute that part of the president’s immigration vision—and it could provoke a showdown between two competing ends of the GOP: the working-class populists led by Trump and the establishment Chamber of Commerce wing.