GOP Lawmakers Release Bill To Slash Immigration Levels

By Allissa Wickham (February 7, 2017, 9:24 PM EST) -- Two Republican senators unveiled legislation Tuesday aimed at eventually reducing legal immigration by half, with the bill proposing to exclude parents of citizens from being considered as "immediate relatives" and to eliminate the diversity visa program that allocates visas randomly through a lottery.

Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., revealed the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, otherwise known as the RAISE Act, which Cotton's office estimates would reduce immigration to about 638,000 during its initial year and to roughly 540,000 in 10 years. Such levels would represent a dramatic decrease in immigration, as about 1.05 million people...

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