Donald Trump unveils new US immigration policy
London, May 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-President Donald Trump has unveiled reforms that he said would make the US immigration systemthe “envy” of the world.
In a speech at the White House on Thursday, Trump laid out a merit-based plan that would give preferential treatment to high-skilled workers. He said the current immigration laws “discriminate against genius” and “discriminate against brilliance” because most of the legal immigrants are low-skilled people who would make low wages.
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“Our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process. It is totally dysfunctional,” said Trump, noting his administration wants to increase security at the border and reduce claims from asylum-seekers.
More merit-based green cards
Under the plan, the number of green cards given to approved immigrants would remain the same. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees.
Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered. Far fewer green cards would be given to people with relatives already in the US; 57% would be awarded on merit, as opposed to the current 12%.
Trump’s plan, which has been roundly panned by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups, is aimed at trying to unite Republicans — some of whom want to boost immigration, others who want to restrict it — ahead of the November 2020 presidential and congressional elections.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, criticized the White House for failing to consult with Democratic lawmakers and said this showed the proposal was not serious.
The plan also does not address what to do about the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the US as children — a top priority for Democrats. They are currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which Trump has tried to end.
The plan also does not reduce overall rates of immigration, a wish of many conservative Republicans.
“A plan that forces families apart, limits access to asylum and other humanitarian relief, and doesn’t contemplate a path to
citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented community members is clearly a political stunt intended to posture rather than
problem-solve,” said Lisa Koop, director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, speaking with The Associated Press.
The plan was developed by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and Stephen Miller, an adviser known for his hard line on immigration issues. Agency