"He also talked about merit-based immigration which is something that I think most Americans understand and prefer".
The White House estimates that now only about 12% of people obtaining green cards and citizenship do so based on "employment and skill", with the majority entering through family connections, humanitarian reasons and the diversity lottery. We have only heard titles like merit, which is non-merit.
Why is that such a big deal? It also had echoes of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who wants to push down the country's immigration levels and has driven much of the administration's policy. If someone comes to the United States on a work visa, he can sponsor his adult parents, who in turn can sponsor their relatives, and so on.
Officials said the principles of Kushner's proposal, if implemented, would shift away from a majority of individuals coming into the United States based on family ties to having a majority coming in based on skill and employment. Countries like Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada have merit-based systems. They use a points-based system that prioritizes visas for certain kinds of workers.
The plan envisages a points-based immigration system that scores merit, age, professional skills, education and proficiency in English language over family ties. The plan would also create a new program which would permit some foreign students to obtain a visa allowing them to immediately transition into the American workforce, instead of having them obtain a worker visa following graduation. Cory Gardner blasted it as part of Trump's "hateful" immigration agenda that would do nothing but "build Trump's wall and keep families apart".
"We note that United States postpones decision on vehicle tariffs for 180 days", European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Twitter.
White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway defended the proposal in a Fox News interview Thursday night, saying it was "not the final word".
In a morning tweet during a rare overnight stay at Trump Tower in NY, the president appeared be referring to polls like an April Washington Post-ABC News survey that showed a 17 percent jump in the number of Democrats who view the spike in migrant families showing at the U.S. -Mexico border as a crisis.
For politicians on the right, Trump's plan fails because it does not seek to diminish overall immigration numbers. In a proclamation released Friday, Trump said he agreed with a Commerce Department study that found some imported cars and trucks are "weakening our internal economy" and threaten to harm national security. In Colorado, a Democrat running against GOP Sen.
Another mark against the plan, at least for some conservatives, is that it doesn't address the current border crisis, which is being driven by Central American families and minors seeking asylum after illegally crossing the southwest border. A bill unveiled Wednesday by Sen. It appeared to be a shift away from the priorities of 2017, Trump's first year in office, that sought to prevent the influx of foreign workers who could displace American workers in favor of a new approach preferred by more traditional Republicans, particularly those close to the corporate sector who are desperate to attract more foreign workers to fill USA factories and tech hubs.
Trump makes these statements as he eviscerates social spending, cutting funding for housing subsidies for the elderly and disabled, slashing programs that feed the poor and provide food subsidies to the working class, cutting spending for tuition aid, and eliminating workplace safety regulations, thereby placing millions of workers in greater danger at work.