Great news! Trump Cuts Legal Immigrants By Half And He’s Not Done Yet

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23 July 2020
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A recent Forbes article states that:

By next year, Donald Trump will have reduced legal immigration by 49% since becoming president....

Table 1: Legal Immigration Projections

Persons Obtaining
Lawful Permanent
FY 2016
FY 2021
Decline 2016
to 2021
Asylees 37,209 25,000 -12,209 (-67%)
Diversity 49,865 0 -49,865 (-100%)
Employment-Based Preferences 137,893 220,000 +82,107 (+60%)
Family-Sponsored Preferences* 238,087 19,000 -219,087 (-92%)
Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens 566,706 269,131 -297,575 (-53%)
OVERALL LEVEL OF LEGAL IMMIGRATION 1,183,505 601,660 -581,845 (-49%)
Refugees (including Cuban Adjustment Act) 120,216 35,000 -85,216 (-71%)
Rest of Legal Immigration System 33,529 33,529 0 (0%)

Source: National Foundation for American Policy, Dept. of Homeland Security. *Assumes presidential proclamation on suspension of most immigrant visas and other Trump administration immigration policies continue in FY 2021 and a spillover of unused numbers from FY 2020 family-based preferences will be used for employment-based category in FY 2021 up to the highest recent level of approximately 220,000 in FY 2005.

This is excellent news! For decades, corporate interests have been able to direct Congress to provide an unending supply of cheap, foreign labor in order to displace American workers who expect a living wage in their own country.

The article states that:

Reducing legal immigration most harms refugees, employers and Americans who want to live with their spouses, parents or children, but it also affects the country’s future labor force and economic growth. “Average annual labor force growth, a key component of the nation’s economic growth, will be approximately 59% lower as a result of the administration’s immigration policies, if the policies continue,” according to an analysis from the National Foundation for American Policy. “Economic growth is crucial to improving the standard of living, which means lower levels of legal immigration carry significant consequences for Americans.”

The fallacy of that statement is that continued high levels of mass immigration will negatively impact quality of life for American workers.

Mass immigration may be be a boon to profit-seeking corporate interests, but American workers end up paying dearly for those profits.

Let's issue an immigration moratorium now.