President Trump’s support of a proposal by Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas to reduce the number of legal immigrants needs more attention than some critics would like. In fact, U.S. immigration policy should be re-examined.
Immigration law, currently in force, admits about 1 million immigrants annually. The law permits immigrants based on the principle of family reunification and qualifications for employment. Approximately two-thirds of immigrants get legal status based on family ties, and less than one-fifth based on employment. The lottery for those countries poorly represented among immigrants and refugees brings the total to 1 million.