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New Poll Shows Strong Support for Trump’s RAISE Act

62% of Americans support using English-language proficiency to determine who can immigrate legally into the U.S.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll showed substantial support from Americans for the merit-based immigration bill, which President Trump announced his support for last week.

The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (RAISE Act) aims to streamline merit-based application for green card status in the United States by reducing the number of family members American citizens can bring into the country. The RAISE Act was co-authored by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA)

The poll, which was released on Wednesday found that 44 percent of Americans want Congress to pass the RAISE Act, while only 31 percent oppose it.

Another important provision of the RAISE Act is using English-language proficiency to help determine who can immigrate legally into the U.S. The Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 62 percent of Americans support this specific provision.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll also found that 61 percent of Americans support establishing a points-based immigration system, and 54 percent of Americans support using records of professional or academic achievement to determine who can immigrate legally into the country.

The poll also found that 58 percent of Americans are in favor of limiting the number of refugees offered permanent residency in the United States, something that has been a hot button issue between Democrats and Republicans in recent months.