President Trump unveiled his new proposal to fix the nation’s failing immigration system Thursday; announcing a revamped plan that would focus on permitting high-skilled workers instead of those with family ties in America.
“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.
The proposal would create a point-based immigration system where applicants are graded on English proficiency, age, education, and potential job offers.
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— The Hill (@thehill) May 16, 2019
“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t really matter who that relative is,” Trump said.
The Commander-in-Chief said the revamped system would help recruit “top talent” from around the world.
“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”
“The average yearly wage of legal immigrants is approximately $43,000. Administration officials said Wednesday that immigrants admitted based on education and skills would have an average income of $126,000, and they would expect the average yearly wage of all immigrants to rise to roughly $96,000,” reports Fox News.
Trump’s plan comes just one day after Sen. Lindsey Graham unveiled his own proposal that would drastically overhaul the asylum-seeking process.
According to Graham, his legislation would end asylum-seekers from applying at the US-Mexico border; instead directing them to embassies and consulates throughout Central America.
“If we do these four things, then the incentives created by our laws will cease to exist, this humanitarian disaster will begin to repair itself and I am willing to sit down with Democrats and find a way to address the underlying problem in Central America,” said Graham. “I am willing to put other immigration ideas on the table to marry up with this but what I am not willing to do is ignore this problem any longer.”
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'TOTAL CATASTROPHE': Four Separate IMMIGRATION BILLS FAIL in US Senate
Four separate immigration bills crashed and burned in the US Senate this week, capping off a week of fiery debate, negotiations, and eventually defeat as both the President’s proposal and a bipartisan bill failed to secure enough votes.
Trump’s four-part immigration plan -which would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million ‘Dreamers,’ fund his border wall, and end “chain” migration- went down in defeat, with many Republicans joining their Democrat colleagues and sinking the bill in a 39-60 vote.
The Senate’s bipartisan deal also fell short just hours after Trump threatened to veto the bill he described as a “total catastrophe.”
“The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be ‘the end of immigration enforcement in America.’ It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa,” Trump tweeted.
The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America.” It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
The Senate’s inability to pass any immigration deal comes as the March 5th deadline looms with the nation’s DACA program officially expiring; throwing into question the fate of millions of ‘Dreamers’ currently residing in the United States.
‘STATE OF EMERGENCY’: Arizona City Declares Crisis, Says ‘Overwhelmed’ by Illegal Immigration
The city of Yuma, Arizona declared an official “State of Emergency” this week; saying local resources are completely “overwhelmed” by the influx of illegal immigrants arriving daily with the ‘migrant caravan.’
“Yuma, a city on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, declared a state of emergency Tuesday, saying it cannot handle the crush of illegal immigrants the government is being forced to release onto its streets,” reports the Washington Examiner.
“There is an imminent threat on having too many migrant releases into our community,” said Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls. “It’s above our capacity as a community to sustain.”
The move comes weeks after President Trump declared a federal “emergency” along the US-Mexico border; bypassing Congress to secure funding for his long-promised border wall.
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