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Alayna Treene Feb 7, 2017
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Republicans target legal immigration

Alex Brandon / AP

Sen. Tom Cotton and Georgia Sen. David Perdue have started taking steps to crack down on legal immigration, a focus shared by the Trump administration, per Politico. They'll formally propose legislation on the matter as soon as today. The details:

  1. Eliminates multiple avenues for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor family members for green cards.
  2. Gets rid of the diversity visa lottery, which allots 50k visas per year for citizens of countries with low levels of immigration to the U.S.
  3. Restricts the number of refugees allowed into the country to 50k annually — similar to rates outlined in Trump's travel ban.
  4. If approved, the number of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. under the bill would plummet by 40% in the first year and by 50% over the next 10 years, according to Cotton's aides.