Donald Trump calls for huge increase in quota for skilled migrants

18 May, 2019, 04:24 | Author: Wade Massey
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According to research from American University, many Japanese and German-branded cars sold in the United States have more USA and Canadian-made content than do some models from American brands.

President Trump acknowledged the plan's uncertain future in his announcement remarks from the White House.

"It seems to me that they are trying to pack in as much stuff that hawks will like, because they know that hawks are not happy that the numbers are slated to stay the same", said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, who is in regular discussions with the administration.

The plan, as previewed by the White House, doesn't address the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally.

The senior administration official who briefed reporters Wednesday said the "president's mandate to us is come up with something" detailed that can unify Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, called Mr. Trump's plan "anti-immigrant", and United We Dream, an advocacy group for illegal immigrant "Dreamers", said the plan was written by a "white supremacist".

By leaving the threat of tariffs, Trump's move raises the temperature in European capitals already angered by the imposition of punishing U.S. duties on steel and aluminum previous year.

Focus on merit and skills, rather than family ties or humanitarian needs: now about 12 percent of people come to the United States for skill-based reasons.

News reports that the proposal includes two parts: "a physical infrastructure component that would include border wall construction and be financed by new fees on trade collected at the border, and a revamped points system for those applying for US citizenship". The president also said that immigrants would have to be financially self-sufficient in order to "protect benefits from American citizens".

Earlier this year, President Trump declared a national emergency to go against the wishes of Congress and shift funds to build the border wall he promised during his presidential campaign.

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Mister Trump's proposal would also impose new security measures at the border. Trump's proposal would put more emphasis on skills than family ties. It's a divisive thing.

"Our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process". A 2018 Gallup poll found that 83% of Americans backed giving citizenship to DACA recipients.

The administration did note, in a briefing given Thursday morning, that the new immigration proposal isn't meant to become law - that it's just a "starting point" for what the administration hopes is a long-term immigration solution. I think the president knows that. "But a big proportion of those immigrations must come in through merit and skill".

Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, said that by jacking up tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese merchandise last week Trump had shown Brussels his tariff threats were not idle.

His bid for reshaping immigration is highly unlikely to get far in Congress, where the issue has become a political quagmire.

"This bill will only get worse". Nor does it reduce overall rates of immigration, as Miller and many conservative Republicans would like. During her weekly press conference, Pelosi said that merit shouldn't be used as a policy description. "Is it an actual legislative vehicle or is it a campaign statement? It needs to be simplified and just like anything else, you have to turn the water off before you can fix the plumbing", Stein said. "Why wouldn't this have cuts to legal immigration".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also made it clear that she did not support the plan and called it "condescending".

It now isn't in the form of legislation, and there are no lawmakers signed on as sponsors.

They said that only 12% of legal immigrants were allowed entry based on employment skills and pointed out that in many other countries, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan, more than 50% of immigration is based on employment skills.

After a pause for applause, he added: "But wouldn't it be nice to do it sooner than that?"


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