Trump Unveils Major Legal Immigration Reform Proposal

Trump legal immigrationPresident Donald Trump introduced his administration’s proposal for a major overhaul of the legal immigration system on May 16, outlining a legislative package that would prioritize migration based on skill and merit.

The proposal doesn’t change the number of people who obtain permanent residency on an annual basis. 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.

Trump proposed to replace the visa lottery system with a merit-based approach that is already being used in countries such as Canada and New Zealand. The new points-based system would rank candidates based on age, level of education, and technical skills. The system would award points for migrants who are qualified for high-wage jobs, have job offers in the United States, or have plans to create jobs in the country.

Future immigrants also will have to demonstrate financial self-sufficiency, knowledge of the English language, and pass a civics exam.

“Our proposal fulfills our sacred duty to those living here today while ensuring America remains a welcoming country to immigrants joining us tomorrow. We want immigrants coming in,” Trump said.

The proposal is calibrated to have a chance of passage in the House, where Democrats have obstructed every one of Trump’s immigration reforms. The president said that if the Democrats block the bill, he would work to pass the bill when Republicans reclaim the House in 2020.

“But wouldn’t it be nice to do it sooner than that?” Trump asked.

Democrats indeed criticized the plan on arrival. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the president’s plan “condescending.”

“Are they saying family is without merit? Are they saying most of the people who have come to the United States in the history of our country are without merit?” Pelosi said.

Trump said he is open to additional proposals from Democrats and called on them to abandon politics for the good of the country.

“Many Democrats have claimed to be for these concepts at different times in their careers. And in many cases, in very recent history,” Trump said. “I hope that they will end up joining me and all of the people gathered together today in putting politics aside, putting security and wages first, and pursuing these historic reforms. It’s time.”

Under the current legal immigration system, 12 percent of immigrants receive permanent residency status based on skill and merit. The new proposal aims to increase the skill-and-merit ratio to between 57 and 60 percent.

To allow for the increase in merit-based migration, the administration will restrict the kinds of relations eligible for immigration through family ties. In his speech, Trump said that spouses and children would be given priority, suggesting that parents and siblings of U.S. residents would no longer be eligible for legal immigration under the new proposal.

Approximately 1.1 million immigrants are granted permanent residency status in the United States on an annual basis. About two-thirds of the permanent residencies are granted based on the lottery system and through family ties. Permanent residents have a five-year path to citizenship.

“This is the most prized citizenship anywhere in the world by far,” Trump said.

The president made the announcement in the Rose Garden, in front of a large delegation of senior White House officials, heads of executive branch agencies, and lawmakers.

“It’s time to restore our national unity and reaffirm our national purpose. It is time to rebuild our country for all Americans. Together, we will create an immigration system to make America safer, stronger, and greater than ever before.”

In addition to reforms to the legal immigration system, Trump’s proposal includes measures to address the illegal immigration crisis on the southwest border. The measures include tougher vetting of asylum claims, and a comprehensive border security package, which includes funding based on fees collected at ports of entry and fixes to the legal framework that currently encourages illegal aliens to flood across the border.

“There is a crisis at our border and Congress needs to step up and act,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said on Twitter. “President Trump today outlined a vision for a secure nation, a secure border, and a secure American workforce with policies that remove the incentives for illegal immigration.

“It’s time we fix this problem.”

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Ivan Pentchoukov

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Andrea Bell
3 years ago

Wow, what a fair and far-reaching, considerate, and healing immigration plan for immigrants and America! I am very impressed by the thoughtfulness given to all concerned — those coming in who will be blessed and our country blessed as well. I hope everyone will listen to the entire plan and not pick something to fuss about. If the whole plan is read and considered honestly, I don’t think anyone could be unthankful. This plan still opens opportunity to new legal immigrants and will help America to be much more blessed by Immigration than ever before It is -as it must be – comprehensive and long reaching. I think we will all be very thankful as this plan becomes fully implemented.
Thank you, President Trump!!!

Andrea Bell
3 years ago

Thank you, President Trump, for your new immigration plan. I am wondering how we are going to deal with the many, many, many thousands of illegals who have already knowingly come here ex-pecking us to somehow care for them. I think there behavior in coming has been a terrible travesty against our country. I believe also that the democratic demand that America should take care of all of them is absurd. If America is so rudely pressed upon, our typical assistance to people all over the world will be greatly hindered or even prevented. Do any of these people care about this great nation that helps so many people even in their own nations? That assistance might prevented because of this unreasonable push into America by people who live in other nations. There are needs and abuses. It looks to me like a lot of these invaders are abusing the caring hand of America.

3 years ago

GOOD! I’m glad we have a President that knows what is good for the American PEOPLE, not the agenda of the socialist politicians. I hope everything he proposes goes through into law.

Jon Kirsch
3 years ago

Interesting, but we need to look at the big picture of what this does to our population; There are about 2.5 million deaths in the USA per year. There are about 3.75 million births per year in the USA. Add 1 million immigrants to that 3.75 million and we get a total increase per year of 4.75 million. That leaves us with an annual increase of 2.25 million per year, 22.5 million in 10 years, 225 million in 100 years and that is without accounting for the increased births to deaths ratio due to increased population. We already have a house every 500 feet along the roads in the “country” in the southern portion our small New England State. Can we afford to keep taking farmland to build more housing??? What do we do? I just ain’t smawt enough to answer that one..

3 years ago

Build the wall! Go Trump Go 2020

Donald Greene
3 years ago

Unlike their predecessors, current democrat legislators are not merely ‘progressives,’ but full-fledged anti-American communists whose sole purpose is to ‘bring down the U.S. by any means necessary.’ Since the Hillary-defeat of 2016, it has been a no-holds-barred of ‘criminalize Trump’ in everything these leftists do, led by Pelosi and Schumer along with the likes of the top echelon at the FBI, the Justice Dept and the CIA, thanks to the hobbled-together Hillary Army courtesy of that “I’ve got a gift” twerp and premier rabble-rouser Barack Hussein Obama. GOD (and AG Barr) give us strength!

Judy Gilmartin
3 years ago

I am blessed to have born in this, the greatest nation on earth, and I have worked hard all my life.
I’m beyond irritated that MY tax dollars are used on illegals. I live in a Blue State and every time
I see where our tax dollars are going I ask myself why isn’t something being done about this?
Thank you, President Trump, for proposing a plan that is merit based. I, for one, are thankful for
your common sense approach to immigration.

Bert Whittle
3 years ago

It is great to have a President that brings common sense to the table with him each and every day!

Greg Russell
3 years ago

The United States simply cannot continue on the course weve been set upon. The U.S. taxpayer cannot continue to provide for all those who come here, legally or illegally, period. Pastor John Hagee has said: "Immigration, without assimilation, is an invasion." Truer words have never been spoken. Ive seen parts of Indianapolis that look like a third world country, and I wonder, why did they come here, if they only wanted to turn America into the squalor they left? I demand that we have the ability to keep our nation as it`s always been, with OUR way of life, OUR traditional Christian values, with OUR heritage and vision. And contrary to what liberals would screech to you, that does NOT make me a bigot, it simply makes me a proud American citizen.

Vicki T
3 years ago

Just another reminder that our country is NOT a country of immigrants as Dems like to say. We are a country of vetted, and LEGAL IMMIGRANTS who love this country and are willing to work hard to both improve their lives, and to build a wonderful place together with other LEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!!!!!!!!! No free rides….No one had a “right” to be here if they didn’t adhere to certain laws and restrictions .

Thomas H.
3 years ago

Since this plan makes too much sense, the (d)s and their media will pronounce it DOA!

Joseph M. DeMeo
3 years ago

Yes, it’s important to look at the problem of the border.

Dolores Adams
3 years ago

They should cut off all immigration for at least 10 years.

Cecil Welch
3 years ago

The sorry, low life, liberal Democrats will never vote for this proposal.

Uncle willie
3 years ago

Trump is still doing a great job

3 years ago

Agree with his idea but all those here illegally must be removed and never allowed here again in anyway they proved they are criminals by breaking our laws so remove them and their families with them they have no right here those taking from a Taxpayers Money first then criminals that are in jail or prison next then get the rest of them and their families out of America don’t care what their countries say take them there and leave they are their countries problem not America’s

David Campbell
3 years ago

““Are they saying family is without merit? Are they saying most of the people who have come to the United States in the history of our country are without merit?” Pelosi said.

Translation: We plan to continue to demagogue the imigration issue and ruthlessly use immigrants, both legal and illegal, as pawns in our pursuit of political power.

If you hate The United States of America, vote for democrats.

Anna Petrocelli
3 years ago

Let us hope that this is only the beginning. A beginning that will eliminate the loopholes that permit illegal immigrants to exploit our system by having a measure into the Social Security and our health care systems. We further need to be persistent and discourage politicians to dictate criminal activities just because of political affiliation and differences.

German Rivera
3 years ago

Si es tiempo de resolver esta crisis. Estoy de acuerdo con nuestro presidente. Esta Bueno de estar inmiscuyendo el problema de la seguridad nacional, con la politiqueria socialista. Que es solo buscando comprar votos de los inmigrantes.

3 years ago

A reasonable plan. You can be sure Pelosi will sabotage it. She doesn’t exude reason or intelligence.

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