UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Trump is backing new legislation he claims will dramatically curb legal immigration to the United States, fulfilling a key campaign promise.
The bill — unveiled on Aug. 2 — would change the system for granting green cards by giving priority to high-skilled, English-speaking immigrants, thus, sharply curtailing the ability of U.S. citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country.
Trump said that the legislation would move the U.S. to a “merit-based” immigration system as opposed to the current model, which is largely based on family ties.
Trump teamed up with two Republican senators — Tom Cotton and David Perdue — to roll out new legislation.
Critics said that the proposal would undermine the fundamental principles that America was founded on.
However, supporters argued that the U.S. has taken in too many low-skilled immigrants for too long to the detriment of American workers and taxpayers.