Strongly oppose the RAISE Act! Among other things, the RAISE Act:
- Aims to cut immigration by at least half from current levels without a reasonable correlation to family reunification or the economic needs of our nation and which would mark a major shift in U.S. immigration law
- Creates a “points-based” system that fails to take into account the needs of U.S. businesses
- All but eliminates family-based immigration, by restricting U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsoring only spouses and minor children for green cards
- Reduces the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 50,000 per year, contrary to our nation’s proud tradition of serving as a beacon of hope for people fleeing persecution
- Ends the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program which has awarded 50,000 green cards annually to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.