In another win for the Trump administration, the White House plans to unveil a brilliant new overhaul to immigration. Trump’s new plan would radically transform what the average immigrant in the United States would look like. The plan would replace the visa lottery program with a comprehensive merit-based admissions procedure that would make it easier for immigrants coming to America for the right reasons to get in.
The move would more than quadruple the number of immigrants admitted because of their work-related skills, while heavily cutting back on the number of immigrants admitted simply because of family ties. Currently, approximately 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections. Under the new plan, those percentages would shift to 57 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Ten percent of immigrants would be admitted on humanitarian or other grounds.
A new “Build America Visa” program that would recognize “extraordinary talent” and “people with professional and specialized vocations,” including exceptional students, will be put into place. The program would assess potential immigrants via a point-based system that would take into account a number of different factors including age, English proficiency, if the candidate has a job offer above a certain wage threshold and vocational certifications. Currently the median income of legal immigrants is $43,000. Officials estimate that under the new plan, immigrants admitted based on education and skills would earn an impressive average income of $126,000. Additionally, they anticipate the average yearly wage of all immigrants to rise to about $96,000.
“I do believe that the president’s position on immigration has been maybe defined by his opponents by what he’s against as opposed to what he’s for,” Kushner said at the Time 100 Summit in New York City last month. “What I’ve done is, I’ve tried to put together a very detailed proposal for him. “Kushner presented the plan to senators on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters after the presentation that White House officials seemed “well on their way” to winning consensus for a plan that would unite Republicans on the contentious issue. But, he added, “Whether it will or not, I don’t know.”
Graham unveiled his own proposal Wednesday for revamping laws that affect Central American migrants seeking asylum to enter the U.S. Growing numbers of them have been trying to get asylum status in recent years.
Democrats have pushed for removal of restrictions –in the hopes that they will vote Democrat, because it’s obvious the Dems are desperate for votes these days – that have prevented many from obtaining citizenship. This would include hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children They’ve been allowed to temporarily live and work in the U.S. under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump has tried to terminate.
The push for a skill-based system would be to attract the best and brightest talent, protect American wages, increase the gross domestic product (GDP), and preserve humanitarian values. In addition to adopting a merit-based admissions procedure, the plan also would update the asylum admissions procedure and expedite the adjudication process for people with legitimate asylum claims.
The push has been discussed, broadly, for nearly two years. White House adviser Stephen Miller, in a viral and contentious 2017 exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta, defended a merit-based immigration system proposed by Republican lawmakers. As always, Trump is making things happen that are great for this country. Democrats, however, are more concerned with their own personal vendettas than with the well being of the United States of America.