The Trump administration’s skills-based immigration system will harm the U.S. economy and American workers, argues Dylan Matthews of Vox. The policy would reduce all forms of immigration, but particularly that of low-skilled workers, who barely compete with Americans. These people come to work in jobs that local citizens don’t tend to be interested in doing, such as harvesting produce. Their presence also raises economic output while increasing job opportunities for U.S. citizens. American women in particular are able to get high-skilled jobs thanks to immigrants who work as nannies or or cleaning ladies.
The ultimate cost of immigration falls on America’s blue-collar workers, which is why Trump’s RAISE Act is so necessary, writes Alice Stewart of CNN. Salaries among the middle class go down when competition for low-skilled job goes up. The act’s intention is to lower the total number of immigrants as well as to make sure that they are high-skilled laborers who will contribute towards the economy. Half of immigrant households receive benefits compared to less than a third of U.S. citizen households. Ensuring that the people that come in sustain themselves and work hard will benefit the country.