President Donald Trump endorsed support for The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. The bill, which was introduced yesterday by Senators Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and David Perdue, R-Georgia, seeks to reduce the number of legal immigration by half. The RAISE Act creates a “merit-based” system that fails to take into account the needs of U.S. businesses; almost entirely eliminates family-based immigration, by restricting U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsoring only immediate family members, such as spouses and minor children for the green card process; reduces the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 50,000 per year; and ends the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program which awards green cards annually to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.