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Trump to propose plan to make United States immigration more merit-based

16 May 2019, 08:52 | Glen Norman

President Trump visits the US-Mexico border in Calexico Calif

President Trump visits the US-Mexico border in Calexico Calif

US President Donald Trump will roll out a new plan to change US immigration laws in order to increase the number of high-skilled migrants entering the United States and to grant entry based on a point-based system, the Washington Examiner reported.

President Donald Trump is expected to give a speech on US immigration policy Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Trump met with a dozen GOP senators at the White House last week and several of them emerged to characterize the plan as a "political document" that Republicans can rally around as Democrats seek to demonize the president on immigration ahead of the 2020 election.

Senior administration officials have framed the plan as one that Republicans might be able to unite behind, giving the party a road map they can say they're "for".

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Trump will present an overview of the plan, with details of the "very large document" to be released in coming weeks, the official said.

The administration claims that the current policy is being abused, allowing migrants who bring children to go free.

The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be taken into account.

Now about two-thirds of immigrant visas are doled out based on family ties, while only a little more than 10 percent go to employment-based visas.

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Republicans and Democrats have fought for years about how to overhaul outdated immigration laws, and the battle has become even more polarized since 2016 when Trump ran for office on a pledge to build a wall on the southern United States border to keep out migrants entering the country illegally. Kushner has told other White House officials that Trump's speech can set a different tone for the president on immigration, with the president laying out what he supports rather than reiterating the kind of immigration he opposes.

The White House proposal is "not created to become law", Sen. "You are going to have to get Democrats in the room".

Despite Graham's call for Trump to work with Democrats, Democrats in the Senate seemed skeptical of Graham's legislation.

Lisa Koop, director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, also criticized the various planks of the proposal, including its failure to address those brought to the USA illegally as children who are now protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, which Trump has tried to end.

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Republicans on the Hill, too, voiced skepticism, even as administration officials insisted the plan had been embraced by those who briefed on it. "We're gonna wipe out the backlog", Graham said.



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