The RAISE Act


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The RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act is a Republican proposed Senate bill that aims at limiting legal immigration to the United States. This bill would reduce legal immigration to the U.S. by half within the next 10 years if approved by both houses and signed by the president. The bill also proposes severe cuts in family-immigration by limiting the scope of sponsorship and in changing employment based green cards.

What does the RAISE Act do if passed?

  • It would reduce legal immigration to the United States by half by reducing the amount of green cards that are distributed yearly from 1 million to 500,000.

  • It will remove pathways for both siblings and adult children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents by no longer allowing them from being sponsored.

  • It will eliminate the Diversity Visa program also known as the green card lottery that grants 55,000 green cards yearly to people from underrepresented countries.

  • The bill would also place a cap to refugees who are admitted annually into the United States from 110,000 to 50,000.

  • It will transform the employment-based green cards into a point-based system in which applicants will need to gain 30 points in order to be considered for admission.

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