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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“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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