Scott Statement on President Trump’s Support for the RAISE Act

August 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on President Trump’s new immigration policy announcement:

“I am deeply concerned by President Trump’s support for the so-called Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act,” said Rep. Scott. “This legislation seeks to implement immigration policies that are ill-advised and will negatively affect our country’s economy. Immigrants play a vital role in securing our nation’s future economic growth. As the U.S. workforce expands and baby boomers begin to retire, immigrants are a crucial part of filling those vacant jobs. I proudly represent a district that is home to roughly 30,000 hardworking immigrants, who contribute to the success and growth of Virginia’s economy. Additionally, cutting the refugee program in half during the worst refugee crisis in decades slams the door on people fleeing unimaginable violence.  It is my hope that Congress will work together to pass a morally sound and comprehensive immigration reform bill that is reflective of our heritage as a nation of immigrants.”

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