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Senators Look for 50% Immigration Cuts | ‘More Rational’ System | Feb 7, 2017

Perdue, Cotton File RAISE Act to Reform Outdated Immigration System, Protect American Workers, Boost Wages

– Breitbart

“Two Republican senators took up the baton for populist immigration reform Tuesday when they announced their Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, or RAISE Act, designed to raise wages for ordinary Americans, restore legacy immigration levels, and reset family and worker visa programs.

“We are taking action to fix some of the shortcomings in our legal immigration system—returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages,” said Georgia’s Sen. David A. Perdue Jr., who served on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee and was one the first and foremost Senate supporters of President Donald J. Trump’s campaign. Purdue was joined by Arkansas Sen. Thomas B. Cotton, his co-sponsor.

“This is a first step,” Perdue said. “It is not a sweeping, comprehensive attempt to solve all legal immigration problems, nor does it address illegal issues. We are simply trying today to bring a rational, compassionate approach to this issue inside the immigration conversation.”

The Army Ranger veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq said his bill with Perdue takes the number of legal immigrants from  million to 500,000 per year without addressing the employment-based immigration programs.

Cotton said this bill makes it a simple matter of supply and demand.

“There has been a generation’s-long decline in blue collar wages,” he said. “The natural effect of having low-skills and no-skills workers in this country is going to be a tighter labor market that is going to put more upward pressure on wages of working folks.”

The RAISE Act shuts chain-migration, so siblings, parents, and other members of a legal immigrant’s extended family are no longer automatically waved into the country, he said. However, the bill does allow for temporary visas for elderly parents, who are not coming to America to work or go on public assistance.

Cotton had to repeatedly tell reporters that the bill is designed to primarily help American. “Our immigration system should focus on what is good for American citizens–and if parents and siblings or adult children or their spouses have the skills that they need to succeed in our economy and contribute, then they can come in through other employment-based programs.”

Cotton said the bill is focused on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act that remains the country’s framework. “We are looking for a more rational system.”

The Arkansas senator said that the immigration laws between 1924 and 1965 were too restrictive and there was a need in 1965 to open things up, especially given the record of America’s handling a refugees in the 1920s and 1930s.

“Overall, you will see a reduction in the number of immigrants, but you may see an increase in other categories, where there is an empirical and demonstrated need for more immigrant labor–particularly among the skilled and the ultra-high skilled,” he said.”

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Did Hillary’s Emails on Iranian US Spy Get Him Killed? | Aug 2016

Strange deadly Saga of Shahram Amiri began in 2009 as soon as Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State

– Daily Caller

Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri speaks to journalists as he arrives at the Imam Khomini Airport in Tehran, July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo
Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri speaks to journalists as he arrives at the Imam Khomini Airport in Tehran, July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo

“Iran has executed a nuclear scientist who allegedly accepted millions in bribes spying for the U.S., the country’s state-controlled media announced Sunday.

The strange saga of Shahram Amiri began in 2009, during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary’s Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Amiri was making a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia when he abruptly vanished without a trace. A few months later, Iran accused the U.S. of kidnapping Amiri with Saudi cooperation, but the U.S steadfastly denied this.

In early 2010, though, news reports started coming out claiming Amiri was a long-time U.S. spy inside Iran, and that his disappearance was a carefully planned CIA operation to allow him to defect to the U.S.

But things only got weirder from there. In June, 2010, Amiri resurfaced in two homemade videos where he claimed he had been kidnapped by the U.S. He said U.S. officials had tortured him and offered mammoth bribes to get nuclear secrets from him, but he claimed to have resisted all these efforts. Amiri also expressed a wish to return to Iran, which he did one month’s later to a hero’s welcome.

At the time of his return, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amiri had returned home after Iranian officials threatened to kill his son. Meanwhile, Iran’s official Fars news service claimed Amiri was actually a double agent, who had obtained secret information from U.S. intelligence during his stay in the U.S.

Whatever the full truth was, less than a year after his return, Amiri was arrested and charged with treason. His claim he was a victim of U.S. torture was not helped by leaks from U.S. officials who said Amiri had been paid millions of dollars for the information he disclosed, and labeled his claims of torture a “fairy tale.”

Amiri was found guilty and given what was thought to be a 10-year sentence, but it turns out Iran actually had sentenced him to death.”

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Cotton: ‘Reckless’ Hillary Had Emails on Executed Iran Scientist

– Newsmax

“Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Hillary Clinton’s emails on her private server referencing the nuclear scientist who was recently executed in Iran for treason show she is “reckless,” “careless” and “not suited” to be president.

Cotton scoffed at horse-race politics amid a tough week for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and wants the conversation back on national security.

“What is ultimately going to matter in the long term is not who won or lost a week in the campaign, but whether the American people are safe,” Cotton said. “I’m not going to comment on what [the executed scientist] may or may not have done for the United States government, but in the emails that were on Hillary Clinton’s private server, there were conversations among her senior advisers about this gentleman.

“That goes to show just how reckless and careless her decision was to put that kind of highly classified information on a private server, and I think her judgment is not suited to keep this country safe,” he said.”
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