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Why we need Green Card changes
Posted By: Retired Mustang
Date: Sunday - August 6,2017 11:06
Which is different from the illegal flow which will continue until we fully secure our borders and handle VISA laws.
Every year we issue a million green cards to foreign nationals from all the countries of the world, but we do so without regard to whether that applicant has demonstrated the skill that can add to the U.S. economy, whether they can pay their own way or be reliant on welfare, or whether theyíll displace or take a job from an American worker.
And as a result of this policy, in place now for many years, weíve seen significant reductions in wages for blue collar workers, massive displacement of African American and Hispanic workers, as well as the displacement of immigrant workers from previous years who oftentimes compete directly against new arrivals who are being paid even less.
So itís a policy thatís actually exacerbated wealth inequality in the country in a pretty significant way. So youíve seen over time, as a result of this historic flow of unskilled immigration, a shift in wealth from the working class to wealthier corporations and businesses. And it's been very unfair for American workers, but especially for immigrant workers, African American workers, and Hispanic workers, and blue collar workers in general across the country.
At the same time, it has cost taxpayers enormously because roughly half of immigrant head of households in the United States receive some type of welfare benefit -- which I know is a fact that many people might consider astonishing, but itís not surprising when you have an immigration system that doesnít look at questions like skill level or self-sufficiency.
And so this proposal has several major historic changes. First, it eliminates so-called chain migration. So right now, what does chain migration mean? It means that if you come into the United States on a green card -- and just so weíre all clear, a green card gives the recipient lifetime work authorization, the ability to bring in their family members. It gives them a fast track to U.S. citizenship and, with that, all the benefits that come with being an American citizen.
And so the individuals right now who are receiving green cards, they can bring in, say, an elderly relative who could immediately go on to public assistance if they become unable to support themselves financially. And then that person can bring in a relative who can bring in a relative who can bring in a relative, and thatís why they call it chain migration. And over years, that has massively de-skilled the migrant flow into America and produced all of those effects Iím talking about.
So weíre proposing to limit family-based migration to spouses and minor children. Additionally, weíre establishing a new entry system thatís points-based. Australia has a points-based system, Canada has a points-based system. And what will this system look at? It will look at: Does the applicant speak English? Can they support themselves and their families financially? Do they have a skill that will add to the U.S. economy? Are they being paid a high wage?
The last part is very important because it will help prevent displacement of U.S. workers. So if a company -- letís say theyíre offering three times the median wage, that person will get more points on their application than if theyíre being offered two times the median wage or one time the median wage. So all of a sudden, youíre putting upward pressure on wages instead of downward pressure, and youíre making it very hard to use immigrant labor to substitute for American workers because by prioritizing higher paid workers, you basically end the practice, more or less, of being able to seek out permanent residents to come in at lower pay.
And so thatís a major historic change to U.S. immigration policy. The effect of this, switching to a skills-based system and ending unfettered chain migration, would be, over time, you would cut net migration in half, which polling shows is supported overwhelmingly by the American people in very large numbers.
And Iíll just conclude by saying this is what President Trump campaigned on. He talked about it throughout the campaign, throughout the transition, and since coming into office.
This is a major promise to the American people to push for merit-based immigration reform that protects U.S. workers, protects U.S. taxpayers, and protects the U.S. economy, and that prioritizes the needs of our own citizens, our own residents, and our own workers. Itís pro-American immigration reform that the American people want, that the American people deserve, and that puts the needs of the working class ahead of the investor class.
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