President Donald Trump’s new immigration proposal would dramatically reduce legal immigration to the United States over time to levels unseen in almost 100 years.
The White House plan was unveiled last week in order to kick off negotiations with Democrats to find a legislative solution to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, the president’s plan would allow a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA beneficiaries who came to the U.S. illegally as children.
In return, Trump wants a $25 billion trust fund for border security, which would fully pay for the border wall. He also wants an end to chain migration and the immigration diversity lottery system, and for other immigration loopholes to be closed to ensure our borders are secure.
According to analysis released Monday by the Cato Institute’s David Bier and Stuart Anderson, Trump’s proposal would be the “largest policy-driven legal immigration cut since the 1920s.”
Bier and Anderson’s report found that if Trump’s immigration were signed into law, it would dramatically slash the number of legal immigrants in the U.S. from more than 1.1 million to approximately 600,000.
That is a reduction of 490,000 people the U.S. accepts annually, which would be a giant 44 percent decrease in immigration levels.
With Trump’s plan virtually eliminating chain migration and ending the diversity visa lottery, the report said an estimated 22 million who would otherwise immigrate to the U.S. would be denied entry into the U.S. over the next 10 to 50 years.
Bier and Anderson’s report was challenged by Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. As a group that supports limiting immigration to the U.S., Vaughan argued Trump’s plan would be great for the U.S., securing our borders, and ensuring we contain the influx of immigrants — both legal and illegal — pouring into our country at an uncontrollable rate.
“Even if their analysis were correct, I would disagree that such steep immigration reductions would be bad for the country,” Vaughan told the Free Beacon.
“On the contrary, it would likely boost prosperity and well-being of Americans and other residents by slowing down the inflow of less-educated and less-skilled workers; reducing future demands on schools, hospitals, and public assistance; and moderating population growth, which has caused crowding and strained our natural resources,” she continued.
The CIS found eliminating chain migration would slash immigration by about 18 percent in the short-term, and roughly 33 percent after ten years.
The same poll found that 81 percent of Americans said the U.S. should take in fewer than the 1.3 million immigrants it currently admits each year. Seventy-nine percent also said America’s immigration agendas should be based on an immigrants’ ability to contribute to the U.S. and have skills.
An overwhelming majority of Americans agree with Trump that we need more enhanced border security measures, fewer immigrants should be accepted annually, and that American security should be prioritized over the needs of illegals.
Trump’s immigration plan not only tackles all of that, but it would also result in the largest cut in legal immigration since the 1920s.
Many Americans support Trump’s bold immigration plan that secures our borders and dramatically tames immigration into our country, and that’s something to get excited about.
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