Analysis

The RAISE Act Would Separate Families and Harm Our Economy

March 23, 2017

Senator Cotton's restrictionist legislation would keep families apart and roll back the progress our country has made over the past half century.

Senator Cotton’s bill, S.354, would decimate the family-based immigration system and cut in half the number of green cards available in any given year. This restrictionist legislation would keep families apart and roll back the transformative progress our country has made over the past half century. S.354 would dismantle the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that created the existing family-based immigration system and finally allowed immigrants from non-European countries to come to the U.S. in larger numbers, creating the diversity we see in America today. The 1965 law reunited countless American families with their loved ones abroad and eliminated the previous racist national origin quotas that heavily favored European immigrants.