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Trump and Cotton to reveal bill restricting legal immigration today

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 8:32 AM


The Hill and other sources report that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and fellow Republican Sen. Sonny Perdue of Georgia will be appearing alongside President Trump at the White House later this morning for an announcement. It's assumed the president will be announcing his support for the senators' bill to make sharp cuts to legal immigration.

Cotton and Perdue have been working on the legislation for some time, as Politico reported last month. The bill is expected to halve the number of immigrants legally admitted to the U.S. over the next decade, the Hill explains:
Earlier this year Cotton and Perdue introduced legislation that they said would effectively halve the number of green cards issued each year from 1 million to roughly 500,000.

“Over the last 40 years we’ve seen a huge increase in immigration,” Cotton said at the time, arguing that the current amount is out of line with “historical” levels. The legislation would have nixed immigration preferences for nonimmediate family members, adult children or adult parents of current legal permanent U.S. residents. It ultimately stalled in the Senate.
The senators have coordinated closely with Trump aide Stephen Miller in crafting the legislation. Miller is an ally of Steve Bannon, the Trump administration's leading voice of anti-immigrant nativism.

Cotton has stuck as close to Trump as any other Republican senator these past contentious months, despite the policy differences between the two on defense and other matters. He's long been seen as Trump's point person on Capitol Hill for immigration "reform" efforts.

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