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Trump Administration Introduces a New Legal Immigration System. Here are the Details

Trump Administration Introduces a New Legal Immigration System. Here are the Details

On Thursday, Mr. Trump said that if for some reason Democrats don't go along with his plan, it will pass after Democrats win back the House in 2020, teeing up another reason for the president's supporters to come out to the polls next November. "Through these steps, we will deliver an immigration system that respects, and even strengthens, our culture, our traditions, and our values", Trump said. It also had echoes of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who wants to push down the country's immigration levels and has driven much of the administration's policy. But putting that omission aside, the proposal is an important step to shift to a system that focuses almost 60 percent of visas on economic merit, and the administration deserves credit for recognizing the right kind of reform.

Trump had faced a Saturday deadline to make a decision on recommendations by the Commerce Department to protect the USA auto industry from imports on national security grounds and imposing tariffs of up to 25 percent. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered.

While the number of immigrants would neither increase nor decrease, the proposal would create a new high-skilled immigrant visa called the "Build America Visa" for "extraordinary talented individuals", high-skilled professionals and top graduate students from American universities.

"We all want highly skilled people in this country and we've done a lot to discourage that by our immigration policies so we should fix our immigration policies to deal with it", Cardin said.

"No matter where in the world you're born, no matter who your relatives are, if you want to become an American citizen, it will be clear exactly what standard we ask you to achieve". The plan would also ensure that 100% of people and vehicles crossing the border are scanned for drugs and other illicit goods, Trump said, but he did not give specific details on how that would be accomplished.

The White House officials said they wanted to streamline the application process for people with legitimate asylum claims while reducing the number of those making fraudulent claims.

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The plan is open to modification, those familiar with the discussions say, as officials in the White House keep trying to bring in more Republicans. Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he plans to introduce an immigration reform bill that would require immigrants to apply for US asylum in their home countries instead of at the border. "But a big proportion of those immigrants must come in through merit and skill", he said at the White House.

Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions.

Mr Trump's sweeping plan is more of a campaign document than anything else, and an attempt to provide a sharp contrast to the Democrats as the 2020 presidential election draws nearer.

But it left aside the thorny issue of how to deal with the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally - many for years - and protections for "Dreamer" children brought to the country illegally, a top priority for Democratic legislators. But opponents, mostly in the Democratic Party, say his push for building more barriers on the Mexican border and his frequent denunciations of migrants as risky criminals incites racial hatred. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the White House. So he took to Twitter on Friday morning to lobby for opposition party support for a plan to which Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has given a lukewarm response to and not signaled will get a floor or even committee vote this year.

Trump faced a Saturday deadline to make a decision on recommendations by the Commerce Department to protect the United States auto industry from imports on national security grounds.