AILA Doc. No. 17080370 | Dated August 3, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) strongly opposes the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. The bill, which was introduced yesterday by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) and endorsed by President Donald Trump, does nothing to reform our outdated immigration system, yet seeks to curtail legal immigration levels over the next decade.
Among other things, the RAISE Act:
Annaluisa Padilla, AILA President, noted, "The RAISE Act repudiates our national ethos, which recognizes the value of keeping families together to create a stronger nation. Contrary to President Trump's claims on the campaign trail and the motives of this bill, immigrants are a boon to our local and national economies and communities. This Act would force close family members, including parents, brothers, and sisters to live apart, perhaps for their entire lives and is truly an attack on family unification."
Betsy Lawrence, Director of Government Relations, added, "The RAISE Act would eliminate the immigration system that we know today and replace it with a merit-based system that fails to recognize the needs of U.S. employers and ignores the benefits of family unity. A narrowly-focused and rigid points system minimizes considerations like a person's field of work and special skills and would cripple the ability of U.S. businesses to grow and thrive. There is no doubt that our immigration system needs to be reformed but this is not the way to do it. Immigration makes our country and economy stronger. This bill fails to recognize that reality and is bad for America."
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17080370.