Daily Sun News Editorial

RAISE Act is good for U.S. workers


In recent weeks, discussion on immigration has moved from illegal to legal. The switch is due to a bill that has been introduced that would return some common sense to U.S. immigration policy.

At the center of the debate is the so-called “RAISE Act,” an acronym for the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act.”

The bill has some general principals that make sense. The bill, if it becomes law, would require those seeking to become American to be skilled workers, assimilate and learn to speak English. It also restricts the practice of allowing an immigrant to bring a huge extended family with them.

To some, the measure seems cold. But there is common sense behind it.

For example, in recent decades, millions of immigrants — legal and illegal — have streamed into the country without any skills. The result has been an explosion in expensive entitlement benefits on the backs of hard-working Americans. It has also meant higher unemployment and lower wages for unskilled Americans.

Then there’s the language issue. In places like Seattle, there are large pockets of immigrant populations that speak the language of their home nations. They have essentially segregated themselves. The failure to require English has diminished the national identity of the U.S.

Then there’s the issue of assimilation. If an immigrant is coming here for the American way of life, then they should expect to become “American.” Putting it simply — there are no hyphenated Americans (such as Italian-American, Japanese-American or Mexican-American).

You’re either American or you’re not.

Raising the quality of immigrants coming to our country will raise the entire nation. And it will open up more labor-type jobs for unskilled Americans.

If approved, the RAISE Act will raise up all Americans.


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