"They don't bring in PhDs and computer scientists. They bring in mid-level and they replace mid-level data management workers. That's why you get controversies like people losing their jobs at companies like Disney and Southern California Edison that were just replaced by foreign workers who weren't necessarily high skilled," Cotton argued.
"So he (Trump) would like to see reforms to those programmes that I would," said Cotton, who is also a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
"It's really an empirical questions where we do have gaps in our economy. But I will say this, there is no job that an American won't do. Americans, with the right pay, will do any job. That's just the fact of the matter," he noted.
"We need to make sure that we're focused on Americans getting back to work and getting higher wages, supplemented where need based on the evidence with immigration," said the influential Senator from Arkansas.
On Tuesday, Cotton and Senator David Purdue went to the White House to meet with the President about an immigration bill they have introduced.
The bill refocuses on legal immigration system on high skilled immigrants who come to this country with English language competency, education levels that are higher than they have now with higher levels of job skills that will be able to contribute to the economy, Cotton said.
"Right now, only about one out of 15 immigrants that we admit to this country every year come based on those criteria. The President has said in public, as he told us yesterday, that he wants to move in the direction of, for instance, Canada and Australia, and focused on more of what he calls a merit-based system. Our legislation is the first step in that," he said.
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