Last night Pres. Trump held a rally in Youngstown, OH where he mentioned working with Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue to move our immigration system to a merit-based system. In February Cotton and Perdue introduced the RAISE Act that would reduce legal immigration by up to 50% and diminish it’s impact on vulnerable American workers. 

During the rally Pres. Trump said,

“As we speak we are working with 2 wonderful senators, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, to create a new immigration system for America. Instead of today’s low-skilled system…we want a merit based system, one that protects our workers, our taxpayers and one that protects our economy."

He also emphasized the importance of bringing in immigrants who could financially support themselves.

“We believe that those seeking to immigrate into our country should be able to support themselves financially and should not be able to use welfare for themselves or their household for a period of at least 5 years…We don’t want people who come into our country and immediately go on welfare and stay there for the rest of their lives. We’re not going to do it.”

Watch Pres. Trump’s immigration remarks here.

Tom Cotton
David Perdue

Updated: Wed, Aug 9th 2017 @ 12:05pm EDT