President Trump unveils proposals for merit-based legal immigration system

President Donald Trump’s proposals, he believes, would “transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world.”

Trump delivered his remarks on “modernizing our immigration system for a stronger America” — unveiling proposals for a merit-based legal immigration system.

The president wants to prioritize highly-skilled immigrants over those that could get visas by chance, or through their relatives.

To limit the number of green cards given, Trump wants to eliminate the visa lottery program and cut some categories for family-sponsored immigration.

“Currently, 66% of legal immigrants come here on the basis of random chance and they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the US. Another 21% of immigrants are issued either by random lottery or because they’re fortunate enough to be selected for humanitarian relief. Random selection is contrary to American values.”

Trump’s proposals would put new requirements on immigrants such as a civics test — on top of mandated health screening and background checks. These applicants would then receive points based on age, English proficiency, offer of employment and educational attainment. Trump also insisted that applicants have to be financially self-sufficient.

“We discriminate against genius. We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”

Trump’s immigration proposals also include a trust fund, paid for by border fees, to finance border security.

However, he failed to address a solution for the so-called Dreamers — about 3.8 million young undocumented immigrants.

He also didn’t talk about dealing with the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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  • Mario
    21 May 2019 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Trump merit-based legal immigration System. Merit based-want College grad with job skills(willing to work) ready for deployment. Legal immigration- applied at the US embassy of their home country and follow the process. The Democrat not in favor, prefer illiterate, no job skills reasons; more Taxpayers money from Government, will be spend to send them to go to school,vocational schools for jobs skills,train them to speak English. The Government will recruit more teachers, trainers, instructors, and automatic membership of the Union that will contribute to the Democrat Party during election.On the family based, 2nd cousins, uncles, relatives can not be petition anymore, only children could come. But parents of the immigrant could easily come if they apply as tourist. This Trump merit based LEGAL immigration system WILL NEVER be approved by the Democrat control House. The only solution is after the 2020 election, Trump party should win and replace 8 democrats from the house.

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