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Is President Trump erasing all Immigration Laws from the Books?

Answer:  U.S. immigration law is very complex, and there is much confusion as to how it works. The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), the body of law governing current immigration policy, provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants, with certain exceptions for close family members. Lawful permanent residency allows a foreign national to work and live lawfully and permanently in the United States. Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to apply for nearly all jobs (i.e., jobs not legitimately restricted to U.S. citizens) and can remain in the country even if they are unemployed. Each year the United States also admits noncitizens on a temporary basis. Annually, Congress and the President determine a separate number for refugee admissions.

Immigration to the United States is based upon the following principles: the reunification of families, admitting immigrants with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy, protecting refugees, and promoting diversity. This fact sheet provides basic information about how the U.S. legal immigration system is designed.

One President cannot simply ‘erase’ all the laws regarding immigration to create fear and to try to make political points. One such way to come into the U.S. is based on Family Immigration. Family unification is an important principle governing immigration policy. The family-based immigration category allows U.S. citizens and LPRs to bring certain family members to the United States. Family-based immigrants are admitted either as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or through the family preference system.

GOP Bill Curbs Legal Immigration disproportionately hitting nonwhite Americans

The Huffington Post reports that Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced a bill last week that would bar immigrants from bringing almost anyone but their spouses and minor children to the United States, cutting legal immigration per year by half. Latino and Asian Americans, who are more likely to be recent immigrants with family living abroad, would be disproportionately affected by this change. The bill would also eliminate diversity visas, which many recent African nationals rely on as their only option for immigrating to the United States. The bill also intends to cap refugee resettlement at 50,000 people per year.

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