Not for the first time, that invitation proved impossible to resist.
A new legislative proposal, known as the RAISE Act (for Reform American Immigration for Strong Employment), put together by Arkansas Sen.
This is a bad plan mainly because it would fail to increase the inflow of highly skilled immigrants - a group that the USA needs a lot more of.
According to the study's authors, the domestic worker participation rate wouldn't increase enough under the RAISE Act to fill the jobs that immigrants would have filled. The lack of skilled immigrants holds back the economy and pushes employers in crucial areas such as information technology to invest and create jobs overseas.
The bulk of the cuts in immigrant numbers comes from slashing the number of residency slots for immediate family members from 480,000 per year to just 88,000. Those viewed as eternal foreigners get turned into scapegoats, as in the case of the Chinese Exclusion Act or the imprisonment of Japanese Americans in World War II, and this plan is more of the same. They might argue that it's because our country has changed in the past century. "Today the Democratic Party is seen as being completely in the pro-immigration column, and the Republican Party as being in the anti-immigrant column", Muzaffar Chishti, an immigration expert at the Migration Policy Institute, told me.
Robbins, who regularly meets with GOP lawmakers, added: "There is overwhelming support in Congress for the idea of immigration as an economic driver, including in the Republican conference". At the moment however, it appears that immigrant moms, dads, and high-achieving teenagers without criminal records are being scooped up in the deportation raids too.
Second, it's not unreasonable to suggest that "the impact of immigration on average native-born workers remains small and inconsistent, with no evidence to show a large detrimental impact on less-educated workers". Democrats say they fear how Mr. Trump would employ stricter selection criteria. Well, Democrats are supposed to be anxious about poverty and inequality.
Some have gone so far as to call it "racist" because it would adversely affect many Hispanic families that benefit from a family-oriented system, without acknowledging that the current system is significantly tilted in their favor at the expense of other groups where the visa quota family categories are concerned since there are only so many visas that may be given out each year in those categories, which are in many instances severely oversubscribed.
It's a good question. It also would slash the number of refugees coming to the U.S.
The legislation would cut down on abuse by eliminating the masters degree exemption, which has become abused as foreign workers seeking H-1B Visas have increasing sought and obtained low-quality certificates to meet the requirements for an exemption just to qualify for H-1B, instead of keeping the positions open for truly high-skilled positions that American companies can not fill domestically. On the other hand, that means roughly half of them weren't.
Carlos E. Sandoval is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association. Educator and immigrant researcher Roberto Gonzales found in his 12 years of chronicling the experiences of undocumented young people that those students who were highest-achieving could name several mentors they had while in school.
That's because our immigrant neighbors have become important parts of the social and economic fabric here.
Laws and policies that create arbitrary, bureaucratic obstacles to those seeking to reunify families and work for willing employers simply encourage otherwise well-meaning immigrants to find "illegal" ways to be here and live in the shadows. Ethnic communities and families contribute critical resources for newcomers, including opportunities for employment, access to credit, and multiple kinds of support.