Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Administration Introduces a New Legal Immigration System. Here are the Details

Trump Administration Introduces a New Legal Immigration System. Here are the Details

He suggested the plan could get passed after the 2020 election if necessary because the House could flip back to the GOP.

"Every single time that we have put forward, or anyone else has put forward, any type of immigration plan and it's included DACA - it's failed", she stated. In his speech, the president said that an immigration reform system prioritizing the most skilled workers would benefit USA workers, jobs and wages.

The White House's announcement of a delay in determining whether to impose levies on foreign automobiles gave a temporary reprieve to global automakers and auto suppliers, which had been bracing for punishing tariffs on millions of cars imported into the U.S. each year. The plan will favour immigrants who are exceptional students, those with "extraordinary talent" and people in "professional and specialised vocations".

The plan would also implement a point-based system for visas, which would take into account age, English proficiency, offers of employment and educational/vocational certifications.

Trump's plan, roundly panned by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups, is aimed at trying to unite Republicans - some who want to boost immigration, others who want to restrict it - ahead of next year's presidential and congressional elections.

President Donald Trump announced his administration's new proposal to reform the US immigration system Thursday, calling for a radical rebalancing of permanent immigration towards a skills-based system. He says: "It's about time".

At present, 66 per cent of the Green Cards are given to people with family.

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The press secretary also said there's nothing in the plan that Democrats should be against.

Other news reports quote senior administration officials as saying that the proposed system mirrors the point-based system of countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Family-based immigration, which Trump has long opposed, would be eliminated.

"That being said, the relationship between [the US] and Ireland is one that certainly demands the facilitation of the visit of a U.S. president if he decides to come". The measure instead focuses on the kind of migrants eligible for permanent resident status, by shifting away from the random visa lottery and limiting the kinds of relations eligible for legal migration through family ties.

The plan left aside the thorny issues of how to deal with the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally - many for years - and protections for "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children, a top priority for Democratic lawmakers.

President Donald Trump on Friday announced he will delay by six months a decision on imposing steep tariffs on imported autos while the United States pursues talks with key trading partners. DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children. In most nations, the share of immigrants admitted based on skills and merit is well over half the total.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, devised the plan, and Republican senators were reportedly briefed on its contents this week to mixed levels of enthusiasm. "Under Mr. Trump's proposal, those numbers would be reversed, with almost 60 percent of all visas going to immigrants with particular skills or offers of employment", The New York Times reports. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the White House. And at the moment it isn't clear whether it has Republican buy-in, much less Democrats.

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