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The Raise Immigration Bill Promotes Building U.S. Technology Prowess: However, It’s Objectives Are Too Narrowly Defined.

ArmchairPolitician.USImmigration, By Brad Peery, August 5, 2017, WWW.ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) has been introduced by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia). It has been endorsed by President Trump. The bill is purported to reduce immigration by 50% to 500,000 per year and introduce a point system that will require that immigrants meet specific background requirements. They include:
Applicants earn points based on:
education,
English-language ability,
high-paying job offers,
age,
record of extraordinary achievement, and
entrepreneurial initiative.
The points system for those involved in industries that need foreign workers might be modified to include those that plan to pursue education, learn English, and have entrepreneurial plans, with bonuses given for those that have a job, and a record of reliable behavior, instead of having a high paying job, and extraordinary achievement. Immigrants in this category could be required to verify yearly that they are meeting their commitments, such as learning English, etc.

The outline of the bill states that only one out of 15 immigrants come here because of their skills. However, could be defined to include immigrants that come to the U.S. to fill jobs, such as farm workers and construction workers, that are vital to U.S. industry, and for which there is a current deficit. The definition of skilled workers could include immigrants that improve the output of mundane industries that might improve the lives of Americans at home.

The bill is designed to protect, among others, Americans who don’t finish high school. However those of us who don’t fill this category, should have the opportunity to train for trade jobs, such as computer programmers, who are in short supply. I have a nephew who didn’t finish high school, took the GED exam to get his high school diploma, and spent 6 months taking a computer programming course. He very quickly landed a programming job paying $55,000 per year. Also, the U.S. government can work with private industry to get them to sponsor apprentice programs to fill jobs that they can’t find skilled applicants to fill. There are currently many such trade jobs that many companies are having difficulty filling.

The RAISE Act’s Impact. An America That’s More Competitive in the World should say that in addition to the U.S. being more competitive in the world, it should make life better for those living in the U.S.

Many immigrants today take advantage of various kinds of welfare payments for themselves and their family. This should be tightened up to eliminate the abuses, necessarily require that the immigrants get no such benefits for five years, as required by the bill.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion:
The Immigration bill provides no justification for cutting the number of immigrants from 1 million to 500,000. One of the problems for the Trump administration will be finding enough workers to allow real GDP to grow at 3% per year. One million immigrants per year is only about .3% of the U.S. population. In the recent past, the U.S. population has been growing at about 1% per year.

Requiring that immigrants speak English could be eliminated by requiring immigrants to learn English after they enter the U.S.

An immigration issue is whether Muslim immigrants can be assimilated into the U.S. population. The U.S. Constitution is based upon the separation of church and state. If Muslims believe in a unified church and state, a so-called Caliphate, we believe that many of them will not be assimilated into the U.S., and this could be a condition for the denial of their immigration request. Because the job and education opportunities can be quite different for areas such as the Middle East than Americans, President Trumps plans for extreme vetting for such areas should be refined, to make people those areas eligible for immigration to the U.S.

See:
ArmchairPolitician.US, By Brad Peery, March 9, 2017, WWW.ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com
Trump Border Security: The Wall Is Unlikely To Be All Physical. Many Technical and Procedural Issues Exist

See Also:
March 6, 2017
ArmchairPoliticianImmigration, By Brad Peery, March 6, 2017, WWW.ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com
Trump Orders 90-Day Temporary Travel Ban Order for 6 Countries.

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