President Donald Trump recently introduced a plan to vastly reform legal immigration and alter the way the border is protected.
Under Trump’s proposal, which was spearheaded by senior adviser Jared Kushner, the government would prioritize letting younger, more educated immigrants into the United States instead of people with family in the country. It also included the formation of a border security trust fund to be built with money collected at border crossings.
The president said the proposal could bring bipartisan unity, but early reactions from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress seemed unlikely in the immediate aftermath of the proposal.
Under the Trump administration plan, rules that long focused on family-based immigration would be thrown out in favor of a points-based system for visas. Points would be earned based on the applicant’s age, proficiency in English, employment offers, and vocational and educational certifications.
The proposal also would allow some foreign students to get a visa to allow them to immediately accept employment instead of requiring them to get a work visa after college graduation.
The plan does not include provisions for legal status for young people, known as Dreamers who were brought to the United States as children.
“Our proposal builds upon our nation’s rich history of immigration while strengthening the bonds of citizenship that bind us together as a national family,” Trump said in a White House meeting when he introduced the measure.
With its emphasis on more educated and skilled immigrants, the proposal also does not give any preferences to asylum seekers.
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