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>> Republicans in Congress looking to slash immigration levels even further and widen the target to include some legal migrants. Senator Tom Cotton unveiling legislation, Tuesday that would cut the number of green cards in half, from 1 million a year to about 500,000. His plan also limiting the ability of US citizens and permanent residents to bring family members into the country.
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Cotton's plan the opening shot in what could be a pitch battle between businesses that rely on open borders and Trump style populists who see immigration as a cultural threat. Micah Rosenberg is following the story.>> The argument of conservative groups that have been pushing this for a long time is that the legal immigration system incentivizes low skilled immigrants coming into the United States.
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And that depresses wages and pushes out American workers. The argument against the bill is that immigration actually spurs economic growth. That immigrants who come in through the United State legally are innovators. Many of them work in the high tech industry and create companies that create new jobs.>> Cotton's legislation coming as president Trump's travel restrictions on seven Muslim majority countries remain in legal limbo.
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The 39-year old Iraq veteran picking up the torch from Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Congress's most prominent immigration skeptic. Sessions expected to be confirmed by his fellow senators later this week to serve as Attorney General. Meaning, he has the ear of the President. And while Democrats are sure to oppose the bill outright.
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It's not even clear how many Republicans will be willing to support it.>> This is not something that a lot of Republicans, mainstream Republicans support. There's a big business lobby and people from the US Chamber of Commerce who say that legal immigration is good for the US economy.
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And so, it's not clear if the Republicans will gather behind this in enough numbers to actually have it go through.>> The Trump administration also weighing an overhaul of the H-1B guest worker visa program that is used heavily by technology companies.