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Poll: Most Voters Support Trump’s Merit-Based Immigration Bill

Officers arrest a protester outside of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services building in downtown San Francisco during a rally by immigrant organizations to protest ICE raids, Jan. 26, 2016. PHOTO: Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner

9 August 2017

THE DAILY CALLER — Voters support most of the provisions in a bill backed by President Donald Trump that would move the U.S. to a merit-based immigration system and slash legal immigration levels by nearly 50 percent over the next decade, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The RAISE Act, sponsored by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, would dramatically curtail family-based migration in favor of giving priority to high-skilled immigrants. It would also end the diversity visa lottery program and cap annual refugee admissions at 50,000. (RELATED: GOP Bill Would Make Major Changes To Immigration System)

Some of those provisions received support from more than half of voters surveyed by POLITICO/Morning Consult, while other aspects of the bill are backed by significant pluralities.

A majority of voters — 58 percent — agree with limiting the number of refugees offered permanent residency. A slightly higher share — 60 percent — favor establishing a “points system” that assigns value based on criteria such as education, English proficiency and prospective earnings in the U.S. […]

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