President Trump, Senator Cotton and David Perdue Introduce The RAISE Act…

Earlier today President Trump introduced a new immigration policy proposal for legal entry into the U.S. known as the RAISE Act.  The RAISE Act eliminates the outdated Diversity Visa lottery system, which serves questionable economic and humanitarian interests. The RAISE Act replaces the current permanent employment-visa framework with a skills-based system that rewards applicants based on their individual merits.

[Transcript] 11:39 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. It’s great to be here today to unveil legislation that would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century. I want to thank Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue for their tremendous work in putting together this historic and very vital proposal.

As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers — and that is why we are here today. Merit-based.

The RAISE Act — R-A-I-S-E — the RAISE Act will reduce poverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars. It will do this by changing the way the United States issues Green Cards to nationals from other countries. Green Cards provide permanent residency, work authorization, and fast track to citizenship.

For decades, the United States was operated and has operated a very low-skilled immigration system, issuing record numbers of Green Cards to low-wage immigrants. This policy has placed substantial pressure on American workers, taxpayers and community resources. Among those hit the hardest in recent years have been immigrants and, very importantly, minority workers competing for jobs against brand-new arrivals. And it has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers.

The RAISE Act ends chain migration, and replaces our low-skilled system with a new points-based system for receiving a Green Card. This 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 migrants and new immigrants 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 doesn’t happen under the RAISE Act. They can’t do that. Crucially, the Green Card reforms in the RAISE Act will give American workers a pay raise by reducing unskilled immigration.

This legislation will not only restore our competitive edge in the 21st century, but it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens. This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first.

Finally, the reforms in the RAISE Act will help ensure that newcomers to our wonderful country will be assimilated, will succeed, and will achieve the American Dream.

I’d like now to invite Senator Cotton and Senator Perdue to say a few words. Thank you. Thank you very much.

SENATOR COTTON: Thank you, Mr. President. I’m very excited to be here with Senator Perdue and President Trump to be introducing the new version of the RAISE Act.

Our legal immigration system should accomplish two main goals: One, it should help American workers get a decent pay raise and have a higher standard of living. And, two, it should help promote economic growth to make America more competitive in the world.

Our current system simply doesn’t do that. It’s over a half-century old. It is an obsolete disaster. And it’s time for it to change.

So, first, we bring over a million immigrants into this country a year. That’s like adding the population of Montana every single year; adding the population of Arkansas every three years. The vast majority of those workers — or those immigrants come here not because of their English-language abilities or their job skills, or their job offer, or their educational attainment. In fact, only 1 in 15 — only 1 in 15 out of a million new immigrants come here because of their job skills and their ability to succeed in this economy.

That means it puts great downward pressure on people who work with their hands and work on their feet. Now, for some people, they may think that that’s a symbol of America’s virtue and generosity. I think it’s a symbol that we’re not committed to working-class Americans. And we need to change that.

Second, we also lose out on the very best talent coming to our country — the most ultra, high-skilled immigrants who can come here and bring their entrepreneurial spirit and their innovative capabilities, and make a higher wage, create new jobs for other Americans and new immigrants, speak English, and contribute to our economy, and stand on their own two feet, and pay taxes, and not receive welfare, and not drive down wages for working-class Americans.

The RAISE Act will change all of that by re-orienting our Green Card system towards people who can speak English, who have high degrees of educational attainment, who have a job offer that pays more, and a typical job in their local economy, who are going to create a new business, and who are outstanding in their field around the world.

And I’m excited, and I look forward to working with Senator Perdue and President Trump to pass this legislation through the Congress and make this kind of very fundamental, sweeping change for the first time in over 50 years to our immigration system.

Thank you.

SENATOR PERDUE: Thank you, Tom. Thank you, Mr. President. Good afternoon, everyone.

First of all, Mr. President, I want to thank you for your leadership on this immigration topic. I think this is extremely critical for our country. You talked about it often on the campaign trail. You said job one was growing the economy. That is part of why I believe you’re standing here and why I’m standing here. You’ve also said that — as a Fortune 500 CEO — I’m the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress, and I’ve lived around the world much of my career. And I can tell you, nothing that we’re going to do right now is more important than this in terms of growing our economy.

The reason we need to do this is very simple: Our current system does not work. It keeps America from being competitive, and it does not meet the needs of our economy today. Today, as Tom said, we bring in 1.1 million legal immigrants a year. Over 50 percent of our households of legal immigrants today participate in our social welfare system. Right now, only one 1 out of 15 immigrants who come into our country come in with skills that are employable. We’ve got to change that. As business guys, Mr. President, you and I understand we need we need a new approach: We need to fix this immigration system.

So we took a look at best practices. We looked at countries like Canada, Australia, and others. What we’re introducing today is modeled on the current Canadian and Australian systems. It’s pro-worker, it’s pro-growth, and it’s been proven to work. Both have been extremely successful in attracting highly skilled workers to those countries.

We can all agree the goals of our nation’s immigration system should be to protect the interests of working Americans, including immigrants, and to welcome talented individuals who come here legally and want to work and make a better life for themselves. Our current system makes it virtually impossible for them to do that.

If we’re going to continue as the innovator in the world and the leader economically, it’s imperative that our immigration system focus on highly skilled, permanent workers who can add value to our economy and ultimately achieve their own version of the American Dream.

What we’re talking about today is very simple: It’s measured, it’s a rational approach to immigration that will allow us to finally fix once and for all this broken system in a strategic way that will reposition America as a global leader economically.

Mr. President, I am proud to stand here with you and Tom Cotton. I look forward to passing this in U.S. Congress and making this a law of the land, and letting it be a sweeping change for America. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: I just want to state that, as you probably have noticed, the stock market hit an all-time record high today — over 22,000. We’ve picked up, substantially now, more than $4 trillion in net worth in terms of our country, our stocks, our companies. We have a growth rate — a GDP — which has been much higher than, as you know, anybody anticipated, except maybe us. But it’s going to go up. It’s going to go higher, too. We’re doing a job.

And you’re going to see jobs are pouring back into the country. The factories and plants are coming back into the country. We’re going to start making product in America again. And that’s happening all over. As I mentioned yesterday, Foxconn is going to spend $10 billion in Wisconsin and other places. And I think the $10 billion is going to end up being $30 billion. They make the iPhones for Apple and others, and it is a truly incredible company.

So we have a lot of things happening that are really great. But again, today the stock market hit the highest level that it has ever been, and our country is doing very well.

I just want to thank you all. Tom and David are going to be outside. They’re going to speak to you at length about what we’re going to do with respect to this aspect of immigration. I think it’s going to be very, very important — the biggest in 50 years — biggest change in 50 years.

Thank you all very much.

END – 11:49 A.M. EDT

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126 Responses to President Trump, Senator Cotton and David Perdue Introduce The RAISE Act…

  1. Question Everything says:

    This is what I voted for and why I voted for President Trump.
    Winning, winning and more WINNING!!

    Build That Wall!!

    Liked by 46 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      I wrote this yesterday!

      I might be in the minority with this topic. There are far greater upside for our President if he pushes all of it! Senator Tom Cotton from AK and David Purdue from GA introduced the RAISE Act. Former Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, told a group of Democrats that September 5th, they can kiss the DACA program goodbye. That is because the Texas AG, Paxton and nine other AGs will be going back to federal court to have DACA struck down. They most likely will go back to Judge Hanlon who killed DAPA. Rep. Luis Gutierrez left the meeting saying DACA will die because the President won’t fight it!

      I share all of this because the Democrats and Uniparty are desperate! Once DACA goes by the waste side, illegal aliens will be thrown out in record numbers. Remember ICE will be tripling in size once the 2018 budget is approved. Our President will double the number of Border Agents. The 70% drop in crossings will hit 90%+.

      We could get the entire WALL funded, Legal immigration cut in half for decades to come. The face of future immigrants will change from Mexicans, Central America to Asian, Indian and Eastern European.

      I would agree to the DACA folks given a permanent green card without the ability to become citizens for 20+ years for everything I referenced above.

      From the article linked above:

      Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from nine other states on Thursday urged the Trump administration to end a program that’s allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to work in the country without fear of being deported.

      “If, by September 5, 2017, the Executive Branch agrees to rescind the June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum and not to renew or issue any new DACA or Expanded DACA permits in the future, then the plaintiffs that successfully challenged DAPA and Expanded DACA will voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit currently pending in the Southern District of Texas,” they write. “Otherwise, the complaint in that case will be amended to challenge both the DACA program and the remaining Expanded DACA permits.”

      From the article linked above:

      Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is introducing legislation on Tuesday with Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) designed to cut the level of immigration into the United States in half, with the express intent of refocusing the nation’s immigration policy onto helping American workers instead of foreigners first.

      In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday morning, Cotton explained that the legislation will cut the number of green cards given out every year from about a million a year down to about half a million a year—all designed to help the forgotten American worker who has gotten a “raw deal” thanks to overflowing immigration levels into the United States in recent years—causing wages to decline and job prospects to stagnate.

      The bill from Cotton and Perdue, according to a one-page summary Cotton’s office provided to Breitbart News, would also eliminate the outdated diversity visa lottery program.

      “Over several decades, we’ve on the one hand seen people who work on their feet and work with their hands see their wages fall—20 percent if you don’t have a high school degree, 2 percent if you have a high school degree,” Cotton told Breitbart News. “People with college and advanced degrees are doing just fine. At the same time, we’ve seen record numbers of immigration—almost all of it low-skilled or unskilled immigrants coming here. Of course, that level of immigration is going to hurt the availability of jobs for blue collar workers and put downward pressure on their wages. So I think we need to re-orient our immigration system to look out for American citizens—especially those American citizens who have gotten a raw deal in recent decades. My bill today would be a first and modest down payment by getting a handle on green cards because we give out a million a year and the vast majority of those are unrelated to unemployment and they let in low-skilled and unskilled workers. That needs to change.”

      “The diversity lottery serves no discernible humanitarian or economic interest,” Cotton explained to Breitbart News. “It is a policy that has far outlived its usefulness and it really doesn’t even serve diversity since Europe is one of the primary uses of it. Even in past efforts at amnesty-first comprehensive immigration reform like we saw in 2013 and 2007, most people agree we should eliminate the diversity lottery. I think it’s a policy that has far outlived its usefulness if it ever had any utility and it’s time to eliminate the diversity lottery.”

      We preserve 50,000 green cards a year for refugees which is in keeping with the historic norms under President Bush and President Obama

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      • The Demon Slick says:

        I love how Trump slips in ending chain migration, as if it isn’t Huge. He just casually tosses it in there. Chain migration! Trump is going to end chain migration! For every legalized immigrant, on average 7.9 people join them. Then they become legal. Then 7.9 people join each of the 7.9 people! And so on, and so on, until Trump says enough already!

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      • God bless Ken Paxton! I love that guy. He’s awesome and he’s from my hometown. He handed my older DD her diploma when she graduated from high school. 🙂 It’s exciting to see Paxton and also Gov. Abbott being a big part of MAGA!!!!

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      • carrierh says:

        Thank you Trump and the two senators for RAISE because it needed to be done to save our country and our businesses and workers. Of course, all the other idiots be upset as votes for democrats will again decrease. My spouse came to the US with a job for him and at that time you waited 5 yrs. on a green card to apply for citizenship, which he did. He started teaching himself English because coming over on a refuge ship to Canada and continued to improve his command of English. He applied and became a citizen in standing so he calls himself an American and not a double word nomination.

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      • kp3ace says:

        July 21, 2017-Attorney Generals from 20 states and the District of Columbia are urging President Trump to save the Obama-era program that protects the nearly 800k undocumented immigrants from deportation. Found this on the WaPo, U.S. News and world report.
        Of course, they’re Democrats.

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    • not2worryluv says:

      I voted for President Trump as well (WITHOUT any influence from the Russians or anyone else).

      The Statue of Liberty was not a constitutional statement on our immigration policy. It was a gift from the French representing a symbol of freedom and home for the Citizens of the USA.

      My grandmother was an immigrant from Germany. She knew English before she arrived. Even in those days the Europeans were far ahead of our educational system in learning a second language. In our family it was a big NO if you spoke the German language. We were never taught it as kids because we were AMERICANS!

      Now we are so far into the NWO agenda immigrants have no need to speak ENGLISH. Everything today is a language of “choice”. Call the USPS and they give you the option of what language you want to speak. I don’t think we even have consensus in the Congress that makes ENGLISH our official language.

      How can Law Enforcement do their job when many of the victims and perps can’t understand a word of what they are saying. I know Spanish but only use it to listen what 50% of the folks in California are talking about.

      Citizens have responsibilities! Learn English. Come in legally. Support yourself and your families. Do the work it requires to become a US Citizen.

      Next step for me is to institute a law that you are only a citizen if you were born to a citizen. Stop this if your born here you automatically become a United States of America Citizen!

      Sorry for the rant!

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  2. Pam says:

    Of course the swamp has been reacting as you would expect them to but this is a common sense idea that protects American workers as we should be doing in the first place.

    Liked by 27 people

  3. NJF says:

    This is amazing.

    One commentator this morning made an interesting point.

    The panel were all in agreement on how this would never pass & he said, “think back to POTUS tweets the other day about doing away with the 60 vote threshold. Could this be his way of highlighting that problem ?”

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  4. linda4298 says:


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  5. DanDeplorable says:

    America’s American President Donald J. Trump.
    Gettin’ it done one pen stroke at a time.

    Liked by 14 people

  6. Kaco says:

    Great news! Congress better pass this!

    Liked by 8 people

    • William Ford says:

      DOA. Half the GOP won’t vote for it. Exposed as a party of frauds. And no Dems of course.

      Liked by 3 people

      • railer says:

        I’m not so sure. The Left is going to have to be careful here. There is no residual love for unfettered immigration, not like there is for ObamaCare. The Reagan Democrats will force the Senate Democrats to have to tread carefully on this one. I’d have to look at the roster, but I’m suspecting Manchin and the Dakotas lady and that Missouri woman will all have to vote for this. Throw-in a Kid Rock challenge in Michigan for Stabenow, and she may have to consider it as well. Others?

        But yes, it’s the RINO wing of the Uniparty that is the most troublesome here. But the 2018 primaries approach.

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      • Mike says:

        Now we need to apply RAISE concepts to congress….


    • Tegan says:

      Wrote a very stern email to my Senator Scoot (SC) who recently said he worked for the American people not the President. I reminded him that we, the American people…and especially in SC…voted for President Trump and we, the American people, demand that he follow our mandate to support and work with him. This nonsense of obstruction has to stop…with or without people like Senator Scott.

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  7. FL_GUY says:

    Finally, a common sense and reasonable immigration plan to stop the damage done to this country by Ted Kennedy beginning in 1965. Ted Kennedy really hated the USA.

    Liked by 23 people

  8. Rumsfelt says:

    EPIC PRESS CONFERENCE with Stephen Miller taking questions about this! It was awesome, we really need to get him out there more often. Our whole office stopped and watched, it was must see tv…if you haven’t seen it you need to watch. Jim Acosta got schooled by Miller, I was laughing so hard it was awesome couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

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    • tampa2 says:

      When did an inspirational poem become the Law of the Land? Didn’t each immigrant need a sponsor? Wasn’t each immigrant quarantined until no infectious diseases were detected? No welfare, once here. No housing. No EBT. No medical. This was the land of opportunity. Work ethic, assimilation and learning English were paramount to survive and succeed. Miller kicked Acosta’s ass!

      Liked by 23 people

      • Tegan says:

        Like my in-laws who educated a Ph.D and a medical doctor with not even an 8th grade education themselves. I am in awe of the personal sacrifices they made..

        Liked by 2 people

      • The Devilbat says:

        tampa2, Yes, this was the land of opportunity. Work ethic, assimilation and learning English were paramount to survive and succeed. The problem was that many of those immigrants had communist leanings that were passed down through the generations.
        Immigration has been used many times as a weapon to undermine countries. The hoards of savages pouring into Europe is a prime example of the communists – globalists at work.

        Liked by 4 people

      • coco1050 says:

        Yes, my grandmother had a future husband waiting for her and he had a job. She was checked for diseases and then was allowed to enter and be married. The rest of her family went to South America.


    • TwoLaine says:

      Acosta is such an arse. So was the other jerk who interrupted repeatedly.

      I think complete and utter rudeness should get timeouts. Two weeks w/NO REPLACEMENT from your “media”.

      IF it occurs again, it’s a month and you lose your seat when you come back. After that. Your “media” loses their WH pass completely. BYE! BYE!

      IF facebook can give you a timeout for NO REASON AT ALL, this should be a slam dunk.

      Liked by 11 people

    • Jenny Hatch says:

      It was so good!

      Liked by 13 people

  9. Neural says:

    A *merit* based system? The liberals will blow a gasket. How dare President Trump create a system that puts skill and experience ahead of skin color and social justice issues!

    Liked by 27 people

  10. Osugagal says:

    Wow! Just wow. What a great thing. It makes so much sense. I visited Ellis Island this past week and it was clear that back when we had immigration in the 1880’s and early 1900’s the immigrants were expected to contribute to society and to support themselves or have family support from the beginning. My gosh, think where we would be right now if the President had a Republican congress that was not made up of wimps, traitors, and RINOs

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    • conservativeinny says:

      In the mid 1980’s, one of my cousins in Ireland wanted to immigrate to the USA. My Grandmother who came to the USA in the early 1900’s as a teenager and was by that time a naturalized citizen, had to sponsor her. My cousin had to confirm she had financial skills and a whole bunch of other items which escape me at the moment. I recall my Grandmother, Mom, Aunts and Great-Aunt speaking about it before my cousin came over to live with her.

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  11. Daniel says:

    How on EARTH did they get this past the globalists?! I’m genuinely shocked. I guess this doesn’t affect the refugee program and that’s probably why.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Angry Dumbo says:

    Stephen Miller is fantastic. Immigration is the issue that will unify the GOP (and clear out the dead wood).

    Liked by 8 people

    • railer says:

      It’s going to attract the black vote as well. Count on it.

      Heck, it will attract the Hispanic vote in many cases. People who work and raise a family just have an aversion to handouts, especially if they never got one.

      Liked by 8 people

  13. DeplorablePatriotInCa says:

    Love the Lion! MAGA!

    Liked by 6 people

  14. AmericaFirst says:

    This sounds great; would it still work if we got another Marxist as poser president?


  15. McGuffin says:

    Reminds me, I need to send more Thank You postcards to PDJT! Will look for lion postcards 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  16. James23 says:

    Sounds great!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. smiley says:


    Thank you, President Trump !

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  18. recoverydotgod says:

    Loved this! Speaker Ryan needs to leave policy, conversation and messaging regarding green card policy as well as building a wall to the professionals.

    Liked by 8 people

  19. Abandoned says:

    Don’t care how many skills they have, 3rd world immigration will, is destroying America bit by bit.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Ann Coulter is right about this. I hadn’t thought about it the way she framed it up til I read Adios America. Being intellectually honest I have to admit she is right.

      I’m disgusted by the many churches helping to usher this into our country.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Neural says:

        When it’s not their own daughters being raped, their sons being assaulted, and their parents being murdered, church goers are *extremely* pious about using *everyone elses* money to “feed the poor” etc.

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        • Prettyplease says:

          You might want to amend that to church runners rather than goers. Tithers get just as “stuck with the bill” as tax payers. In fact, it could be considered a form of double jeopardy.


        • AM says:

          I know. It’s awful. So many young men on the alt-right are furious with churches and particularly the Catholic church to which I belong. I have no defense of the actions of the American churches, particularly my own.

          Nothing in Christian theology supports any of it. Christ is very clear in scripture – you, personally, are feeding the poor – not the government on your behalf, forcing non Christians to foot the bill. I can’t imagine how they answer the question, “where did you get the money from?”

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          • Neural says:

            What I’ve been subject to more of, as of late, is the guilt tripping. They piously quote bible verse out of context and talk about how anyone who supports the wall and immigration restrictions is not “acting as Jesus would.”
            Yes Jesus called believers to be compassionate, but we are also called to recognize the difference between wisdom and folly, and not to be fools.

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            • AM says:

              Yes, I’ve seen that, too. It might be late stage denial.

              We are called to real charity, the difficult kind that changes us personally. Like being kind to the brat next door and the poor that already here. Yes, there are poor in other places, but CS Lewis quite thoughtful examined the idea of charity to strangers half way across the world and dubbed it an idea that allows people to avoid real charity.

              Missionary work requires real personal and financial sacrifice, if that’s what people really feel called to do. This importing strangers and dumping on US welfare are feel good fuzzes for people who appear to have refashioned Christ into their image.

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            • next time someone says, wwjd? point out to them that heaven has a gate, which implies a wall, and *extreme* vetting.

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  20. Big Jake says:

    Immigration of 500K a year is still way way waaaaaaay too much, but I will take any reduction we can get.

    Liked by 10 people

  21. Jimmy Jack says:

    Thank you Jesus! Lord help us to save our country and MAGA.

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  22. We need more senators like David Perdue…true republicans who will actually work our president instead of doing their best to obstruct the agenda that President Trump is working to implement. All you people who voted for Trump need to take a good hard look at what your senators and congress critters are doing right now at this moment and vote accordingly when their re-election comes up. And don’t fall for their lies again like you’ve done so many times before.

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    • Cliff says:

      What’s the thing Perdue has in common with PDJT? Oh yeah! Another businessman, not
      a career pol. He probably has made his fortune, and can’t be bought, just like much of the current Cabinet. That’s where we need to look for candidates, the business world.

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    • Osugagal says:

      He is my senator and he is great. He actually has a live person answering calls and he sends responsive replies to emails. He does not send the canned answers that isakson, McConnell, and Ryan send when they very infrequently even bother to reply


  23. StormyeyesC says:

    There are so many businesses that cant find low skilled employees to fill jobs. I know first hand. BUT immigrations don’t take them, they take welfare. The American workers are the same. We don’t have a shortage of labor, we have too many free ride programs. If people who have no skills had to pick tomatoes to feed their families, or work construction, or be housekeepers or janitors, they would. Why should they though, when they get the same wage for doing nothing (actually, more usually when you add welfare section 8, food stamps, obamaphone, free internet, and more.

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    • rhcrest says:

      They don’t get the same wages. They get MUCH more! AND they don’t have to pay any taxes on what they get! We know someone who owns a 3 family with low income tenants. They get Section 8, free health care, food stamps. free utilities, obamaphones, cash welfare payments and on and on. It comes out to around 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR TX FREE if they take advantage of all the programs!

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    • nimrodman says:

      Exactly. The expectation should be that you don’t get a seat at the dinner table if you don’t contribute to preparation of the meal.

      This “work that Americans won’t do” nonsense doesn’t fly anymore. They’d do the work if they had to do it to eat.

      Agriculture is different, you need workers, arrange for seasonal work visas, bus them in, and bus them back to Mex at the end of the season.

      Taxpayers fund a non-producing underclass to sit around on their a$$es and blow blunts all day while importing a second underclass to do the work the first underclass either won’t do or isn’t required to do.

      Worse, now the second underclass is learning to abuse welfare benefits more and more.

      AND, much of the work they do is either under the table and not taxed, or they abuse the taxpayer by claiming excessive and fraudulent child-tax-credits.

      The American taxpayer is paying probably 3 times the amount required for 1 unit of societal and economic productivity.

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  24. tonyE says:

    When we came to the US we had an sponsor that vouched for us, that would show that we would not be on public assistance.

    We got vetted before getting our visa… we did not speak English but we spoke other Western Euro languages so that our ability to learn was obvious.

    Lastly, the life we left behind was economically a lot better than the one we came to. Back home, I would have never had to more manual labor than doing the books for the stores every weekend. Here I had to clean toilets and cook burgers, but eventually I become a “big shot”. 😉

    Nowadays, when I clean a toilet, it’s mine… and boy, are my toilets clean! ;-D

    My steaks are fabulous as well.

    Anyhow, what’s wrong with that system? I happen to think it worked great.

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    • georgiafl says:

      VERY Prouda you, TonyE! Bet you became a citizen too, right?

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    • pacnwbel says:

      My immigration story differs in some ways from Tony’s experience. Sponsorship was guaranteed by my future husband who was working at the Boeing company. Having a professional qualification I was granted a category 2 classification on the 1 to 6 scale of usefulness. I had been extensively vetted and received the coveted green card and visa. Every January it was necessary, as legal aliens, over several years to report to the local post office confirming we were still resident at the recorded address. I look back now and wonder whatever happened to that system and now understand how and why it was degraded. We count our citizenship a great privilege. It should not be easy to get into this country. Kudos to RAISE, it is overdue.

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  25. BobBoxBody says:

    This is a win. I think people are down lately because the entire Swamp is revealing itself to stop Trump and us. The problem is that the Swamp got along by not revealing itself overtly. With Trump, they have no choice, and now they are showing us who they are.

    Immigration is not a partisan issue, it’s a fundamental issue. Any democrats that oppose this are going to further alienate the working class base (which includes myself). Any RINOs that oppose this are going to expose themselves as frauds, which will make both groups more vulnerable to primary challenges from outsider candidates. Kid Rock is already talking about running. And I bet he could win if he runs on the same things that Trump did.

    Up until now it was All Quiet on the Western Front. Now, the fighting has really begun. It’s only going to get worse, but the advantage belongs to us. They are doing these things because they are desperate–because they know they are LOSING. Trump wasn’t supposed win. But he did. Now we have the Awan case, and now we also have confirmation that Seth Rich was the DNC leaker, which utterly obliterates the “muh Russia” narrative and puts the DNC in an even worse position as far as their credibility goes.

    This is a FIGHT folks. It’s time to stop being nice, and start being hitting these clowns where it hurts.

    Liked by 12 people

  26. Lucille says:

    Inside Judicial Watch: Sanctuary Cities
    Judicial Watch

    Liked by 1 person

  27. rhcrest says:

    Am I dreaming?

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Sedanka says:

    This makes me so happy. It’s 50 years overdue, ever since we were defrauded by Johnson and Kennedy and their legislation that turned the USA into the third world’s dumping ground. Making America great must by definition include keeping our borders totally secure and letting in only those newcomers who bring added value to our nation – either through needed skills, or simply a love of the USA and a desire to assimilate into our society and be a part of American culture.

    Thank you, President Trump!

    Liked by 4 people

  29. nimrodman says:

    Comes just in time to kneecap some of this “comprehensive” and “revive Gang of 8” murmuring we’ve been hearing lately.

    Liked by 5 people

  30. alliwantissometruth says:

    Guess what? What the President proposes here is actually what our long ignored / dismissed immigration policy already states. Legal immigrants are supposed to be able to speak English enough to get along, offer something of substance to our economy & prove they can sustain themselves when they get in

    Immigration law already states all that. Very few know that because our feckless & treasonous representatives simply dismiss it & look the other way

    All we really have to do is demand the laws already on the books be enforced, but of course, after decades & decades of our political “leaders” not enforcing the laws & making up new interpretations of those laws to advance personal agenda’s, this is now considered mind boggling stuff

    The beauty of Trump here is he’s forcing the democrats / RINO’s / leftists to dismiss common sense & vote against the working class of all colors & political persuasions

    Checkmate baby!

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  31. nimrodman says:

    Texas home builders relying on immigrant labor feel effects of immigrant crackdown


    Time to pull some goldbrickers off welfare and teach ‘em how to push a wheelbarrow, haul lumber and tiles around the job site, etc. Nothing that even requires skill or intelligence.

    I’m pretty sure there are a bunch of ’em in your major cities there, Texas homebuilder guys.

    Liked by 10 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Wait until September 1st when SB4 goes into effect in TX! They will ALL be gone to California.

      Liked by 3 people

    • All American Snowflake says:

      I’m convinced that the goldbrickers were the creation of our school system run by you know who.


      • nimrodman says:

        Oh, you don’t even want to know.

        What I’d REALLY like to see is a post-audit of the Obama years tabulating how many “difficult chilluns” have been placed on Social Security Disability for “willful defiance disorder” and other “conditions”, thereafter to collect benefits for life and never have to work.

        Recall that the Social Security Retirement fund was raided a year or two back by the Disability fund.

        Now THERE’S an audit I’d like to see.

        Liked by 2 people

        • nimrodman says:

          … and if someone here works for Social Security can tell me that’s not a thing and I’m way off base, I’ll be happy to retract and apologize. I’ll wait.


  32. My husband and I came to USA, Houston Tx in 1978 as refugees from USSR and requirements for Houston at that time were university education and knowledge of English…Our English was bad, but exception was made for us because we were young…And we learned it really fast.
    3 month after we came my husband already found a job.
    As far as I can remember New York and Miami were taking everybody….

    Liked by 6 people

  33. yakmaster2 says:

    Get ready to be PO’d once again when the open border RINOs BLOCK RAISE in Congress. More “not who we are,” “American values” and “compassion”
    ad nauseum from the usual bloviators.
    May they all be primaried out so they can take their generous pensions and ill gained loot somewhere far away.


  34. trapper says:

    Now, do it with all the rest. The White House should write its own healthcare bill, its own tax bill, its own 21st Century Glass-Steagall, and so on Congress is so in the pocket of the lobbyists that I doubt they or their staffs even have legislation writers anymore, so the White House must fill that role, write the bills, and provide them to friendly congressmen to introduce. Then Congress can go to work with the committee system, and maybe even get some young democrats to come on board. Break is over. Back to work!

    The White House should step into the gaping void created by Congress, that everyone everywhere now sees, and LEAD. LEAD from the front.


  35. Texian says:

    How about using the welfare rolls as a potential deportation list. Check out every single one of them to see if they are legal – if not – deport them.

    Liked by 6 people

  36. CleanhouseinDC says:

    Of course, senators Lady Lindsey and Ron Johnson are already out saying they don’t agree with it. And we know that McLame will come back just to vote against it. Can’t wait for tax Reform.

    Liked by 4 people

  37. MIKE says:

    Nimrodman touched on it in one of his comments above, needs saying again; get ready for the resurrection of the fallacy talking points of “they do the dirty jobs that Americans won’t do “, and “but they’re such hard workers “. TOTAL bullflop. I know first hand on both erroneous crap-ola talking distractions designed to prey on weak minds of basically good, but politically ignorant voters.

    Liked by 4 people

    • All American Snowflake says:

      Low wage immigrants take jobs that our American children should be getting for entry wages. Instead the liberals are setting-up our American children up to fail and get hooked on drugs.

      Liked by 2 people

  38. The RAISE act is good. It hits all the right points. There’s something else to remember though. PDJT correctly pointed out in his stump speeches when running for office that we could not afford to bring in people that immediately get public assistance because we are $20 trillion in debt. That point seems to have been lost in all the hype surrounding the legislation.

    Liked by 4 people

  39. All American Snowflake says:

    The welfare system was implemented by the Christians of America to help the widows and orphans of this country. It was not implemented to become an incentive for Mexico’s criminals, ne’er-do-wells, lazy good-for-nothings, whether Mexican, Indonesian, whatever, to come to America and retire on well fare.

    Liked by 2 people

  40. silverlakela says:

    Democrats want Canada’s socialized health care but not their merit based immigration policy.

    Liked by 3 people

  41. Troublemaker10 says:

    This is a popular bill with the people, but the Dems will block it using the excuse that immigration reform has to be comprehensive, not piece meal.

    The only way it can overcome the Dem filibuster will be if McConnell changes Senate rules to get rid of 60 vote filibuster block.

    I think Trump is ok with DACA, but with some changes. If so, maybe the Senate will agree to Cotton’s bill, with an amendment that addresses DACA (with changes).

    If this bill fails (either stand alone or combined with DACA….then McConnell needs to go nuclear on filibuster rule. Otherwise, they will be stuck on stupid from now til the 2018 election when Dems make the case that Republicans can’t govern and achieved nothing for the American people.

    This is a serious.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Sherlock says:

      I hope it can pass, but I’ll tell you, it will make a heck of a midterm election issue against those who block it. Unfortunately, without a few dems, it will probably fail. the Senate has shown they do not fear political retribution on Health Care. For this to have a shot, it will have to be explained in great detail over and over the the public, something that did not happen with Health Care. It needs to be hammered from today forward.


    • kp3ace says:

      Since they work for us I believe they need to read each bill on live television.
      How many documents were classified “Top Secret ” during the Obama administration? Didn’t Obama classify more documents than any President in the history of the United States?


  42. RJ says:

    Thank you President Trump for keeping your promises!

    Liked by 1 person

  43. Lucille says:

    Unlimited and unmonitored immigration–legal or illegal–of those who have no interest in assimilating or in becoming citizens leads to abuses of various kinds…this is a case in point….

    Liz Wheeler’s 5 facts to disprove the Democrats’ narrative on voter fraud
    Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN

    Liked by 1 person

  44. tovex11 says:

    Had a friend I worked with, he emigrated from Ireland in 1968 in his early twenties. He had to have a sponsor, his aunt, and they had to post a $50,000 dollar bond to the federal government to insure he would not go on government assistance as soon as he got here. They only had to post $5,000 dollars for the bond, but that was not pocket change for the time. The Feds held the money for ten years, he reimbursed his aunt for the $5,000. I don’t see a problem with a bond, discouraging you from public assistance, neither does he, but that’s just from a couple of Atlantic Islanders, doesn’t count I guess.

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