Shaheen on Senator Cotton's Anti-Legal Immigration Bill: “Senseless” and a “Job Killer” that “Runs Counter to Our Values”

February 07, 2017

(Washington, DC)—Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced legislation that would reduce the amount of legal immigration to the United States by eliminating the Diversity Visa Program, reducing the number of family-sponsored immigrants, and by other means.

“This legislation sends a terrible message to the rest of the world and is unquestionably a job killer,” said Shaheen. “As a nation of immigrants, this bill runs counter to our values. The facts are clear: Immigrants contribute greatly to our country’s entrepreneurial spirit, spurring job growth in New Hampshire and across the country. Cutting successful visa programs and needlessly separating immigrant families is just wrong and senseless.”