>> President Donald Trump and two Republican Senators, Wednesday, unveiling a plan to cut the number of legal immigrants to the United States in half.>> This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrates skills that will contribute to our economy.
>> The bill, developed by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, vows to overhaul the current system. Under the new bill, the United States would prioritize high skilled immigrants by setting up a merits-based system, similar to those used by Canada and Australia.>> It's pro worker, it's pro growth, it has been proven to work.
>> Reuters Mica Rosenberg.>> So, right now, how the US immigration system works is once somebody comes in, they can bring in, usually their extended family, if they are here legally. This would limit that only to close family members and minor children. So the idea behind it is that our immigration system favors people who are coming in who have low skills and are taking low skill jobs that are displacing Americans.
>> Trump and the Republican law makers blasted the current immigration system as out of date.>> It is an obsolete disaster.>> And argued that it hurts American workers by driving down wages, but many economists question the logic behind the bill.>> They say that a lot of the immigrants that are coming in are actually filling a labor shortage for jobs that Americans don't want, and are low paying, and also a lot of businesses have push back on this.
>> The legislation faces an uphill climb to get through Congress.>> In the past, there's been legislative efforts like this to cut legal immigration, it's always been a little bit on the fringes. The difference here is that this is a really high profile push by the White House.
Trump, during the campaign, said that he really wanted to crack down on illegal immigration. This is sort of taking the immigration stance one step further.