Trump to launch new immigration overhaul push

16 Mai, 2019, 16:48 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A mother and son from Guatemala stand for a portrait at Instituto Madre Asunta shelter for migrants in Tijuana Mexico

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at an Opportunity Zone conference with State, local, tribal, and community leaders South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Washington.

The senators spoke as they were leaving their weekly policy lunch at the Capitol where they heard from Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and hardline immigration adviser Stephen Miller - who have been working on the plan with other White House officials for a couple of months. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Amna Nawaz about the plan's details and its likely reception by Congress.

Now about two-thirds of immigrant visas are doled out based on family ties, while only a little more than 10 percent go to employment-based visas.

Trump's plan would keep legal immigration steady at 1.1 million people a year, but family-based immigration would account for only a third of that.

Republicans and Democrats have fought for years about how to overhaul outdated immigration laws, and the battle has become even more polarized since 2016 when Trump ran for office on a pledge to build a wall on the southern United States border to keep out migrants entering the country illegally. It would propose an increase in fees collected at the border to pay for border security infrastructure. "I'm just asking the president to encourage Democrats to work with us".

"It is going to be a very detailed piece of legislation and it can be what they want it to be".

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It does not address some of the hot-button issues in the immigration debate, such as what to do about the surge of people crossing the southern border from Mexico.

Nor does it deal with the "Dreamer" children of immigrants in the country illegally or immigrants in the country under Temporary Protected Status, both of whom are priorities of Democratic lawmakers.

The new plan would focus on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S.in favor of employment-skill-based immigration.

In briefings with reporters Wednesday that attracted dozens of journalists, administration officials said the plan would create a points-based visa system, similar to those used by Canada and other countries. The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the USA, would be eliminated. Trump has been furiously railing against the spike in Central American migrant families trying to enter the country, and he forced a government shutdown in a failed effort to fulfill his 2016 promise to build a southern border wall.

But overall, the number of green cards issued under this plan would not change, and there would be no reduction in net immigration.

Graham's bill is designed specifically to deal with loopholes he says are encouraging migrants from Central America to make the treacherous journey north and bring children with them.

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