David Perdue, Tom Cotton to Unveil Skills-Based Immigration Bill at White House Wednesday

President Trump will join Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas at the White House Wednesday to unveil legislation that proposes a skills-based immigration system and seeks an overall lower level of legal immigration, two sources have confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

Officials stopped short of saying Trump would endorse the bill on Wednesday. However, the White House has been pushing for a bill that matches some of the goals that are expected to be in the new bill from Perdue and Cotton.

White House policy director Stephen Miller has reportedly been meeting with Senate Republicans in pursuit of ways to lower legal immigration.

If Trump were to endorse it, that would mark the beginning of a push toward a radically different legal immigration policy in the United States compared to the one that’s been in place for the past several decades. Today’s system often benefits family members of current U.S. residents, but Perdue and Cotton are pushing for a change that would force the U.S. to weigh the skill sets of potential candidates, and favor those with more skills.

If Trump were to endorse it, that would mark the beginning of a push toward a radically different legal immigration policy in the United States compared to the one that’s been in place for the past several decades. Today’s system often benefits family members of current U.S. residents, but Perdue and Cotton are pushing for a change that would force the U.S. to weigh the skill sets of potential candidates, and favor those with more skills.

It’s also a push toward the other controversial goal of reducing legal immigration. The U.S. lets in more than 1 million people each year legally, but some Republicans have said that number hurts American citizens by pushing down their wages, and making it harder for them to find work in their own country, since they face competition from unskilled workers who are willing to work for less.

By Anna Giaritelli for WASHINGTON EXAMINER
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