On Thursday, President Trump unveiled his new merit based immigration plan which puts an emphasis on prioritizing skilled immigrant workers.
The President announced that his immigration plan’s “biggest change” is “to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12 percent to 57 percent.”
“Currently, about 12 percent of those immigrants qualify to enter based on their skills, while more than half are given permission to enter because of a family connection. Under Mr. Trump’s proposal, those numbers would be reversed, with nearly 60 percent of all visas going to immigrants with particular skills or offers of employment,” The New York Times reported. “That reversal would increase the overall education level of immigrants, the officials said, with nearly three-quarters of those migrating to the United States having bachelor’s degrees or an advanced degree under the new Trump plan.”
NBC News also reports that the proposal has two different parts: “a physical infrastructure component that would include border wall construction and be financed by new fees on trade collected at the border, and a revamped points system for those applying for U.S. citizenship.”
While holding a news conference in Rose Garden, the President stated that he wants to recruit the “most brilliant” people to come to America.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The administration did note, in a briefing given Thursday morning, that the new immigration proposal isn’t intended to become law — that it’s just a “starting point” for what the administration hopes is a long-term immigration solution.
There are some key items missing, though, even if those items happen to be controversial. There’s no effort to address what should happen to DREAMers or DACA recipients, and whether that program should be continued beyond its expiration date. Trump has routinely encouraged Congress to make a decision on the program, since DACA is, itself, an executive order and doesn’t have the same effect as legislation.
The plan also seems to address immigration as a future issue and skips over current problems at the border, namely, the need for a new wall across the entire southern border — something the Trump administration has listed as a priority since the beginning of its tenure. The bill also seems to avoid addressing the current border crisis, though it does specify a need to approve funds for border security-related “infrastructure” projects.
Members of the Trump administration are very optimistic about the plan.
“What we’re doing is completing step one, which is having a proposal,” a senior administration official said. “We’ll see how everyone reacts and then we’ll see what step two and step three look like.”
This plan seems like one that both parties could get behind, however Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that she strongly opposes the President’s proposal, calling it “condescending.”
“It is really a condescending word,” Pelosi said when responding to a reporter who asked about the new merit based immigration plan.
This statement by Pelosi suggests that she rather have immigrants who are low skilled and illiterate which will most likely not help her case when it comes to immigration.
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