Washington, D.C. –House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue’s (R-Ga.) introduction of the updated Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE):

“The United States has the most generous legal immigration system in the world. However, we only select between 5-12% of immigrants on the basis of the education and skills they can bring to America. Other countries, such as Canada, the U.K., and Australia, select over 60% of immigrants based on skills. In order to remain competitive in the global economy, this must change.

Senators Cotton and Perdue have taken the lead in the Senate by introducing bold legislation to reform our immigration system. The RAISE Act will prioritize individuals with skills needed in the United States. In the House, Representatives Lamar Smith and Darrell Issa have worked for years to achieve this objective. I applaud all of these individuals for their leadership on this important issue, and I look forward to working on a bicameral basis with these and other key players to enact fundamental reform this Congress.