US President Donald Trump has revealed his plan to “transform America’s immigration system” with a new approach that would become “the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world”.
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The plan would mean a points-based system for migrants favouring high-skilled individuals getting priority to come into the country.
As Fox News reported, Trump called for a different approach: “Currently 66% 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.”
"Our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process . . . The system will finally be fair, transparent, and promote equality and opportunity for all." pic.twitter.com/t5chAuNJJl
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 16, 2019
Taking aim at possible opposition from left-wing Democrats opponents, Trump said: “Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and frankly, lawless chaos.
“We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.”
He also added: “Our plan is pro-American, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker.”
Trump also seems to be anticipating significant opposition: “If for some reason, possibly political, we can’t get the Democrats to approve this merit-based high-security plan, then we will get it approved immediately after the election when we take back the House, keep the Senate and of course hold the presidency.”
A points-based system that priorities those with skills would be hugely popular in Brexit Britain too if the government ever get round to actually taking back control of the country’s borders outside of the European Union.