Trump lays out new 'modern' immigration plan

President Donald Trump speaks

President Donald Trump speaks

Trump forced a government shutdown to try to secure money to fulfill the central promise of his 2016 campaign and then issued an emergency declaration to circumvent Congress for additional funds.

News reports that the proposal includes two parts: "a physical infrastructure component that would include border wall construction and be financed by new fees on trade collected at the border, and a revamped points system for those applying for USA citizenship".

But can it pass before the 2020 presidential election?

Reacting to the announcement, Dieter Kempf, head of the German industrial federation, said "cars do not threaten the national security of the United States". "We won't anymore once we get this passed".

The plan also proposes an overhaul to the existing US asylum system, with the goal of processing fewer applications and accelerating the removal of people who don't qualify. Sometimes 60, 70% are merit-based.

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.

As of now, 66% of immigrants in the USA were issued a green card on the basis of their family ties, whereas only 12% of the immigrants were preferred for their skills.

US President Donald Trump is gearing up to announce a new immigration system which will end the family-based approach of giving permanent residency to foreigners.

Speaking on Thursday in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump shared bold new plans for immigration reform in this country. He says: "It's about time". "They don't have a job or any training to do in this country", he continued.

"If we want to continue this economic boom, we must have an immigration system that responds to the needs of our growing economy, while protecting American workers", Perdue said. The Canadian points-based system includes categories like education, proficiency in English and French, age, and work experience.

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As part of the plan, officials want to beef up ports of entry and ensure all vehicles and people passing through are screened.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "Are they saying family is without merit? We will replace the existing green card categories with a new visa, the Build America visa - which is what we all want to hear", Trump said amidst applause from the audience. DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

Sanders tells reporters that "every single time that we have put forward or anyone else has put forward any type of immigration plan that has included DACA it's failed".

Mr Trump's new plan has been months in the making, a project of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has been meeting privately with business groups, religious leaders and conservatives to find common ground among Republicans on an issue that divides the party. "But a big proportion of those immigrations must come in through merit and skill".

"I fundamentally disagree with President Trump on his immigration policies, because I think he's trying to restrict the ability of good people to come to this country", Sen.

The shift would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.

The plan, for which the White House did not release any written text or even an outline, focuses on border infrastructure-additional barriers, checkpoints and other enforcement tools.

Democrats on Thursday night offered Republicans "several billion" dollars for border relief, a House aide said.

"We have 11 million undocumented immigrants and a lot of them are dreamers who are highly skilled", Matuz said.

The plan didn't include any provisions for providing legal status to the children or dreams who were brought to the United States by their parents. Their fate is a priority for Democrats.

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