President Donald Trump embraced legislation from two Republican senators that would place new limits on legal immigration to the US to reduce it and evaluate visa applications based on merit on Wednesday, The Roll Call reported.
Th bill would alter how the U.S. government issues green cards by proposing to install English-language, education and “high skills” preferences, while proposing to end preferences for extended family members and adult children of undocumented workers, among other proposals.
The authors of the bill are two Republican senators – Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, a longtime ally.
“Right now, only one out of 15 immigrants that come into our country come in with skills that are employable. We need a new approach,” he said. “As business guys, Mr. President, you and I understand we need a new approach,” the Georgia Republican David Perdue said.
Immigration was a big issue for candidate Trump. The president said if approved the measure would represent "the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century." He has also vowed to make changes to the legal immigration system, arguing that immigrants compete with Americans for much-needed jobs and drive wages down.