With the blessings of President Donald Trump, two Senate Republicans embarked on a new effort to slash the number of green cards that the U.S. government awards to foreigners — a move that’s drawing another round of criticism from the tech industry. Under the so-called RAISE Act, unveiled by GOP Sens. Tom Cotton and David Purdue, the U.S. government would reduce legal immigration by half within 10 years of its enactment. Republicans propose to achieve that major cut in part by limiting green cards the government grants to extended family members while prioritizing applicants with high-skilled, highly paid jobs.
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