The RAISE Act would not only stop the practice of chain-migration (which opens the door for welfare abuse) but it would also cut the number of immigrants in half over the next decade.
Should the Act eventually get passed, it would be the biggest change to America’s immigration system since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which opened up the US borders to mass migration from the developing world.
President Trump has this to say about the RAISE Act:
competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak
English, financially support themselves and their families, and
demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy. The RAISE Act
prevents new immigrants and new migrants from collecting welfare, and
protects U.S. workers from being displaced. And that’s a very big thing.
They’re not going to come in and just immediately go and collect
welfare. That’s not going to happen under the RAISE Act, they can’t do
I wrote last week why cutting immigration would actually be good for America’s economy, but I think this subject deserves extra attention, in light of recent events.