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Ending the Economic Harm Caused by Our Immigration System
"It is time to create a merit-based immigration system that makes sense for a modern economy – selecting new arrivals based on their ability to support themselves financially and to make positive contributions to U.S. society."
by President Donald J. Trump
LOW-SKILLED LABOR: The United States has seen an inflow of low-skilled labor through both our legal immigration system and illegal aliens entering our country through its porous borders.
- Our immigration system's prioritization of family relations over merit, education level, or skill has allowed a wave of low-skilled labor into our country.
- More than two-thirds of the legal immigrant admissions into the United States each year are admitted based on family relations rather than merit or skill.
- The United States grants up to 50,000 visas each year through the visa lottery program, which has only a few educational and skill requirements.
- Lapses in our border security contribute to the inflow of low-skilled labor into the United States.
- Illegal aliens in the United States often have low educational attainment levels and are employed in low-skill jobs.
- As of 2015, a majority of all immigrants in the United States over the age of 25, here legally or illegally, had a high school education or less.
- 29 percent of U.S. immigrants over the age of 25 had received less than a high school education.
- For years, low-skilled immigration into the U.S. has put downward pressure on wages at the expense of vulnerable American workers.
- Real hourly wages for Americans with a high school education or less are lower than in 1979.
A STRAIN ON PUBLIC RESOURCES: The influx of low-skilled labor into the U.S. has put a strain on public resources and burdened American taxpayers.
- The rate of low-skilled immigration into the United States serves as a driver of the high usage of welfare programs among immigrant-headed households.
- A majority, 51 percent, of immigrant-headed households uses at least one welfare program.
- The relatively high use of welfare programs by immigrant-headed households puts a strain on programs designed to help the most vulnerable Americans.
IMMIGRATION REFORM TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY: President Trump has proposed an immigration framework that would stem the tide of low-skilled immigration into our country, benefiting American workers and the economy.
- President Trump's immigration framework lays out the steps we must take to finally secure our borders.
- The President's framework would curb the flow of low-skilled workers into the U.S. by ending extended-family chain migration, while still protecting the nuclear family.
- President Trump's framework would end the visa lottery program and reallocate some of the visas to help reduce backlog of high-skilled, employment-based immigrant cases.