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Trump Wants to Slash Legal Immigration by Half: New at Reason

Trump wants to sharply restrict family-based immigration, abolish the diversity visa lottery, and limit refugee admissions.

Ben Von Klemperer/CrowdSpark/NewscomBen Von Klemperer/CrowdSpark/NewscomMany people have long decried illegal immigration while claiming to have no problem with legal immigration. The complaints about undocumented foreigners are familiar: "Why can't they follow the rules? Why don't they get in line and wait their turn like everyone else? Why should they be rewarded for breaking the law?"

The simple answer, writes Steve Chapman, is that we make it too hard to immigrate—even as our economy depends on the labor of immigrants, legal or otherwise. If the goal is to induce more aspirants to come through legitimate channels, we should be working to expand and simplify those channels, Chapman argues.

That's not what Donald Trump proposes, however. The president wants to sharply restrict family-based immigration, abolish the diversity visa lottery, and limit refugee admissions. In all, his plan would slash legal immigration by as much as half, the most drastic cut in nearly a century. On Wednesday, Trump threatened to veto any bill that doesn't include such limits.

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