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Politico: WH Aides, Sens Work Bill to Curb Legal Immigration

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 08:55 PM

President Donald Trump and his aides are working with two conservative senators to slash legal immigration to make good on the president's campaign promise, Politico reported.

The president will push for a bill being introduced later this summer by Sens. Tom Cotton R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., that would cut in half the number of legal immigrants entering the country each year by 2027, the outlet reported.

About 1 million legal immigrants currently enter the country annually.

According to Politico, Cotton and Perdue have been working with Stephen Miller, a senior White House official known for his hardline on immigration. The issue is also a central priority for Steve Bannon, the president's chief strategist, Politico reported.

The planned bill is a revised and expanded version of legislation the two senators unveiled in February, Politico reported.

"Sen. Cotton knows that being more deliberate about who we let into our country will raise working-class wages, which is why an overwhelming majority of Americans support it," his spokeswoman Caroline Rabbitt told Politico. "He and Sen. Perdue are working with President Trump to fix our immigration system so that instead of undercutting American workers, it will support them and their livelihoods."

The last time Republicans made a push to curb legal immigration was in 1996, when a Republican Congress led by Newt Gingrich pressured President Bill Clinton to include a provision in a broader immigration reform package, Politico reported. It was ultimately dropped.

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