Trump aims to cut legal immigration with new legislation- abc

Trump aims to cut legal immigration with new legislation- abc

Trump refers to executive order on immigration as a travel ban

President Trump is introducing new legislation with Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and David Perdue, R-Georgia, Wednesday aimed at cutting legal immigration into the United States, a White House official confirmed.

The effort, following his campaign pledge to reform the country’s immigration system, expands on a bill introduced by the senators in February to cut the number of legal immigrants into the U.S. by 50 percent over 10 years. That bill would eliminate diversity lottery visas and limit the number of refugees offered permanent residency in the United States every year.

Supporters of the proposal say it would help low-skilled American workers forced to compete with immigrants for work. Some Republicans and business groups have criticized the measure, which hasn’t been taken up in the Senate.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, 1,051,031 immigrants gained permanent residence in the United States in 2015.

President Trump along with Sens. Cotton and Perdue will make the announcement this morning at the White House.