President Donald Trump is touting new legislation to overhaul the US immigration system, drastically cutting the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country and implementing a “merit-based” visa scheme.
If passed, the RAISE Act would cut the number of immigrants allowed into the United States by 50 per cent over the next 10 years. It would eliminate diversity lottery visas and crack down on so-called “chain immigration” – visas provided based on family connections, rather than jobs skills.
Mr Trump promoted the act alongside Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue on Wednesday, claiming it would “reduce poverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars”.
And it would do so, he said, by favouring English-speaking, financially stable immigrants. 
“This competitive application system will favour applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that can contribute to the US economy,” Mr Trump said.
He added: “They’re not going to come in and just immediately …