Republican stance on immigration

Legal immigration

When it comes to legal immigration, most Republicans tend to agree that legal immigrants are an important part of the US economy. This is why they encourage legal immigration based on skills (accepting skilled immigrants that fill job market gaps). However, they generally do not support the idea of increasing the annual number of legal immigrants coming to the US.

In 2018, most Republicans in Congress voted to reduce legal immigration by 40%. The proposals did not pass but became representative of Republican views in legal immigration. Also, Republican President Donald Trump have tried to limit  legal migration to the US in various ways. The travel ban targeted legal immigrants who wanted to come to the US but came from 7 Muslim countries. Similarly, Trump stated that he wanted to end the visa lottery program which is also a legal way to reach the US.

Overall, in recent years, the media has noted that ...

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