Donald Trump’s proposed RAISE Act, which lowers immigration to the U.S., will hurt the economy in the long term, holds Heather Long of The Washington Post. The change would halve the current amount of immigrants coming into the country. This would hamper economic development as foreign workers have been shown to increase competition and productivity. As the U.S. birthrate is at a historic low, the need for immigrants is growing. With an aging population, new workers that pay taxes subsidize pensions for old people. Trump’s attempt to boost the American economy by lowering immigration will do the opposite.
The president’s immigration plan will benefit the U.S. by protecting local jobs and encouraging the right kind of immigration, reports Bridget Johnson. Trump’s primary goal is to ensure that American workers keep their jobs, which has become increasingly difficult as immigration has risen. Next, he plans to promote high-skilled immigration, rewarding those who will be useful to the U.S. economy. The plan also prevents new arrivals from collecting welfare right away, which will ensure that it’s not the primary reason for them coming. This reformation of America’s immigration system will protect local workers while strengthening the economy.