Immigration Policy: U.S. Plans to End Chain Migration

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

Most green cards in the United States are awarded based on an antiquated system of family ties, not skill or merit, a White House statement said Friday.

This system of Chain Migration – whereby one immigrant can bring in their entire extended families, who can bring in their families and so on – de-skills the labor force, puts downward pressure on wages, and increases the deficit.

In August, President Donald Trump supported the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act to prioritize immigrants based on their skills while safeguarding the jobs of American workers.

The RAISE Act replaces the permanent employment-visa framework with a skills-based system that rewards applicants based on their individual merits. The system rewards education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, past achievements, and entrepreneurial initiative.

Chain Migration, according to the statement, undermines national security, by failing to establish merit-based criteria for evaluating entrants into the United States.

Instead, familial relations are all that is required to obtain a green card and, in turn, become a voting U.S. Citizen within a short period of time, with access to Federal welfare and government benefits.

It is time for an immigration policy that serves the national interest, the White House suggested.

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