Rise Up Against the RAISE Act
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In February of 2017, Senators Tom Cotton from Arkansas and David Perdue from Georgia introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (RAISE Act). The intention of this bill is to reduce immigration from certain countries. The problem with reducing immigration is that it will greatly affect our economy, especially an economy like that one we have here in Texas. Texas strives because of immigrants. They continuously put their money into our economy as well as bring about many cultural aspects that makes this great state of ours be the great state that it is.
This bill will place a cap of 50,000 refugees that may enter the United States per year. The United States is well-known for being the land of opportunity. People from all over the world have come here to have a better life for themselves and their families. How can we just push them out, deny them access, and allow them to live in environments that are causing harm to them? How can we not allow refugees to escape the turmoil of their countries?
This bill will also eliminate the Diversity Visa Program. It will also reduce the number of family-sponsored immigrants. By reducing the number of family-sponsored immigrants that want to apply for family reunification, we are causing a breaking of the families. Families should not be torn apart simply because we have “reached our limit of refugees that we can allow into the country.” Families are waiting long periods of time in order to apply for residency for their family members and with this act, they can be denied simply because the limit has been reached.
It is going to change the system into a point-based system which prioritizes those immigrants who are wealthier and have more education. A few categories in which the points will be awarded are: age, education, and English language. People between the ages of 26 and 30 would be given the most points, while those who are 17 years of age and under and 51 years of age and older will receive little to no points. Those with a doctorate or a professional degree will receive more points than those with just a high school degree. An English proficiency test will be administered so those who speak English more fluently will be awarded more points than those who don’t. As humans, how can we say that those who speak better English are better and more worthy than those who don’t? We are judging the immigrant by what they can do on paper rather than by what they can actually do.
Immigrants and refugees are needed in this country. They contribute an enormous amount into the economy. They have also helped create jobs and have managed to keep those jobs. What a lot of people don’t realize is that immigrants are often times more likely to do the jobs that most people wouldn’t do. They work just as hard as the next person and want to see the best for the country and for their families. They are what is best for this country. We shouldn’t kick them out or not allow them into the country just because we feel like they are a threat to our safety as Americans. They belong here just as much as we do. We do not want this bill passed and we want our representatives to realize the harm they will be causing if this bill does get passed.
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