Jill Colvin and Alan Fram Associated Press
Published 3:02 PM EDT May 16, 2019
Washington – President Donald Trump is laying out a new immigration plan to convince the public and lawmakers that the U.S. legal migration system needs to be overhauled.
Trump, speaking Thursday in the Rose Garden, says his plan aims to create a “fair, modern and lawful system of immigration for the United States.” He says: “It’s about time.”
The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation’s green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.
The plan is not yet embraced by his own party – let alone Democrats – and faces an uphill battle in Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump’s emphasis on merit-based immigration is “condescending” because families have merit, too.
Pelosi told reporters she welcomes White House officials who want to come to Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers.
But shifting away from a family-based immigration system to one that favors immigrants with high skills is running into resistance from Democrats.
Pelosi said they want to attract “the best to our country.” But she asked if Trump means family is without merit. She said it’s what merit means “in the eyes of Donald Trump.”
Trump’s plan does not include protections for immigrants known as Dreamers, and Pelosi said Democrats want to help those young people who were brought here illegally in childhood.
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