Immigration has once again become the Trump administration’s primary focus.
After an embarrassing defeat on the Obamacare repeal, thanks to the traitorous John McCain, the president has decided to U-turn back to the issue his constituents are most concerned about.
The problem isn’t just illegal immigration, but legal immigration as well.
Corporations have been abusing our system for decades, using it as a means to displace native workers in favor of cheaper, more manageable foreign ones.
That’s because all those supposed “highly-qualified” folks being funneled in on H1B visas are practically indentured servants, as they’re required to maintain sponsorship by their employer to stay in the US.
This creates an interesting dynamic that can be subtly and not-so-subtly abused by employers. I mean, of course they’ll stay late and work weekends on salary; wouldn’t want to get on the boss’ bad side, right?
The idea pushed by big companies is that there’s a “brain drain” in the US, that they have to field foreigners because natives aren’t good enough or there aren’t enough.
That’s simply not true, given every metric that measures this stuff, not to mention that it’s hardly fair to act like the millions here aren’t qualified when they’re being compared to the best and brightest workers from across the globe.
Thankfully, Trump has taken another step to not only protect workers from immigrants, but prevent them from abusing our welfare system.
As reported at the Independent Journal Review, during President Trump’s latest weekly address, he gave more insight into the administration’s plans to reform how welfare is doled out to immigrants.
“Just this week, we announced a historic immigration bill to create a merit-based Green Card system that ends the abuse of our welfare system, stops chain migration, and protects our workers and our economy,” he said.
“As an example, you cannot get welfare for five years when you come into our country.
You cannot just come in like in past weeks, years, and decades, you come in immediately and start picking up welfare.
For five years, you have to say you will not be asking or using our welfare systems.”
The president’s immigration plan, known as the RAISE Act, emphasizes a few key points:
- It would cut the number of low-skilled immigrants given ‘green cards’ in half.
- It would implement a merit-based scoring system that values education and job skills.
- It would require all immigrants to learn and speak English.
A Rasmussen poll released in June 2017 showed that 62 percent of voters polled support the five-year welfare ban for immigrants, while only 26 percent oppose it.
The Left is going ape over this proposal, calling it racist and “nativist,” as if the latter is a bad thing. They’re fear-mongering, acting like slashing legal immigration is going to hurt the US.
And even if, economically, it did cause the nation to take a dip, it’d still be worth it. GDP and other economic measures shouldn’t be the only thing we care about when measuring the health of our nation.
One thing is for sure: never believe a word the tech industry or any group even remotely related to it says about immigration. They’re the biggest abusers of the legal immigration gravy train that is the H1B visa.
For decades, they’ve used their immense wealth and influence to whine before Congress to increase legal immigration, telling them the sky will fall without more foreigners. It’s all about money and their own interests, not the nation’s.
This new law is a small step towards the corrective leap we need to take in order to fix our horribly broken immigration system.