President Trump Unveils A New Immigration Plan From The White House

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Trump's ideas are so unlikely to get a vote in Congress that analysts saw his policy splash as more of a campaign speech than a serious bid to get legislation enacted.

"Will the Democrats give our Country a badly needed immigration win before the election?"

In a proclamation released on Friday, Trump said he agreed with a Commerce Department study that found some imported cars and trucks are "weakening our internal economy" and threaten to harm national security.

"We're here on this very attractive spring day in the Rose Garden to unveil our plan to create a fair, modern and lawful system of immigration for the United States, and it is about time", the president said, as he again tried to convince the public and lawmakers that the nation's immigration system was broken and needed to be overhauled. "We cherish the open door", he said. Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he plans to introduce an immigration reform bill that would require immigrants to apply for US asylum in their home countries instead of at the border. As it is, Trump said, "We discriminate against genius, we discriminate against brilliance", which in a sense we do. We won't anymore once we get this passed, and we hope to get it passed as soon as possible.

"Are they saying family is without merit?" she asked. He says right now the USA immigration laws "discriminate against genius" and "discriminate against brilliance" because most of the green cards are given to low-skilled people who would make low wages.

"We want immigrants coming in".

She continued, "But I want to just say something about the word they used, merit, it is really a condescending word".

The plan led by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is facing push back from immigration hard-liners who are concerned that it does not actually cut immigration levels as past proposals that the Trump administration submitted.

Now most of the cards are issued based on family links and diversity visa, and a small section is given to people who are professionals and highly skilled.

The US president also took aim at what he said were abuses of the country's asylum system, which is struggling to cope with large numbers of Central Americans who say they are fleeing gang violence in some of the world's most unsafe countries. He did not mention the child's death.

Officials said the plan attempts to do six things: secure the borders; protect American wages; attract the "best and brightest"; unify families; meet the needs for labor in critical industries; and preserve humanitarian values.

But it left aside the thorny issue of how to deal with the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally - many for years - and protections for "Dreamer" children brought to the country illegally, a top priority for Democratic legislators.

Krikorian wants to see the level of legal immigration reduced and is concerned that the Trump proposal doesn't even start by calling for a cut in immigration. Susan Collins of ME, objected to its failure to account for the young Dreamers. It's effectively a 2020 campaign document, meant to define what the Trump administration-and by extension, the GOP-supports, and force Democrats to react to it.

The last time Trump and his White House proposed an immigration overhaul, it included a path to citizenship for Dreamers. John Cornyn, who will be among those running for reelection in 2020. Even within the White House, there are divisions over how to approach immigration policy, though one administration official disputed that. The country has long placed a preference on providing green cards to family members of immigrants. His plan envisions a "Build America visa" that incorporates parts of Sen. 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.

The effort focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation's 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. Fifty-seven percent would be awarded on merit as opposed to the current 12%.

"Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance", Trump said.

Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions.

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