Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday the U.S. is “better off” because of the hard work from migrant workers.
“While I agree that we ought to move in the direction that some other countries have moved in,” Flake said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day.”
“In terms of merit-based visas, the overall number cut — I think this would cut it to about half of our current legal immigration — just isn’t the right direction for the economy.”
Growing up on a ranch in Arizona, Flake said he knows well the socioeconomic value of migrant labor.
“I grew up working next to migrant labor, and I’ve always felt that they were making America better and we were better off because of their hard work,” he said.
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“And so I’ve been very supportive of immigration reform that first secures the border … but that we have a humane and generous mechanism for those who have crossed the border illegally simply to support their family.”
“I very much agree that we are far better off because of migrant labor,” he said.
The Hill added:
President Trump on Wednesday teamed up with two conservative GOP senators to roll out new legislation aimed at dramatically curbing legal immigration to the U.S.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) have been working with White House officials to revise and expand a bill released earlier this year that would halve the number of people who receive legal permanent residence over a decade.
The president told reporters that the legislation “would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century,” moving the U.S. to a “merit-based” immigration system and away from a family-tied system.