It seem like instead of your “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…President Trump only wants countries to send their “top talent” to our shores.

Trump has just unveiled his long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the US accepts people into the country, upending the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties.

“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.

The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.

According to Fox News, currently, only about 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections already inside the country. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57 and 33 percent, respectively, under the Trump plan.

“Currently 66 percent 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,” Trump said.

He said the plan would help recruit “top talent.”

“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”

Plan Would End “Chain Migration”

Trump has long sought to end what he has called “chain migration” as part of his broader push to reform America’s immigration laws and who is allowed into the country.

The president has also frequently called for the end to the visa lottery program, something his immigration plan seeks to do. It would be replaced by a new “Build America Visa” program that would recognize “extraordinary talent” and “people with professional and specialized vocations,” including exceptional students.

The plan does not deal with those already in the country illegally, including those who came to the country as children and were protected under an Obama-era executive order – the so-called “dreamers”.

However, Trump said it closes loopholes so that gang members and criminals are inadmissible, and would stop frivolous asylum claims.

Trump concluded his presentation of the plan by presenting it in stark contrast to anything the Democrats have proposed on immigration. “Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and frankly, lawless chaos,” he said. “We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.”

“Through these steps, we will deliver an immigration system that strengthens our traditions, our culture and our values,” he  said.

9 thoughts on “Trump Unveils Merit Based Immigration Reform”
  1. That sounds like a really good plan…We are being over ran by criminals ( best way to describe this).At last a president that is thinking about the future instead of crooked politicians who think only of themselves and not the future of our children and grand children….May God bless this Nation and become what it was intended to be….

  2. Finally, something that makes sense. Its been done in Australia for years. Though they can easily do this as they are bordered by ocean. Not sure what needs to happen for all of those seeking asylum. It really is a human tragedy, but are we able to help all of those people? I agree if sanctuary cities are able to take these people, the cities need to come up with money to house and find jobs and health care for them. It is such a human tragedy. God will help us figure it out.

  3. This plan is close to what it should be. My great-grandparents entered this country, worked, and went on to start a family. They DID NOT receive all the taxpayers public assistance they WORKED and earned a living wage. If you did not have a profession, you did NOT go to the U.S.A.

  4. Thank goodness for our President, he has a workable plan for immigration. Now we just need it to get passed by congress!

  5. My Irtish Grandfather came here from Ireland in late 1800’s. He didn’t even get a free potato. He worked with the Chinese laying tracks for the railroad. He worked for the railroad for the rest of his life.

  6. Can this be implemented, even if Democrats don’t like to fix the immigration issues we have? Solution is not to vote Democrats in 2020.

  7. Your report omits the true cause of refugees fleeing central America and the history of the USA interference in elections. From the armed squad kidnaping the Haitian president/former priest who twice won the popular vote and flying him to an unknown destination in his pyjamas (to Central Africa where he had no support or connections). For generations prior to that, the US’ hired mercenaries and military forces committed thousands of murders, imprisonments, and torture throughout Central America to continue the fantasy of the Monroe Doctrine still rampant today in Venezuela. So much for our allegiance to democracy. I have absolutely no respect for Hillary but her despicable interference in Honduras, Libya was continuance of the same policy “Corp-Na-Crats” have been up to for decades.

  8. This Immigration Policy is what America had before & why America excelled to greatness. The “Send me your huddled masses” is just a poem not policy. NO more just walking in for freebies & disrespect for OUR People.

  9. Who decides what is moderate? My impression of this site is that it is deliberately not moderate. Am I mistaken?

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