White House seeks more highly skilled immigrants

White House seeks more highly skilled immigrants
May 17 16:07 2019 Print This Article

President Donald Trump rolled out the Build America Visa plan Thursday at the White House. The plan calls for more highly skilled immigrants in a point system which also includes a priority for younger workers and a requirement for financial-sufficiency and English language proficiency. It is modeled after similar immigration requirements in Canada, Japan and Australia.

Currently, only about 12% of American green card recipients are classified as highly skilled. The White House plan moves the target to 57%. Trump told the Rose Garden audience that the immigration plan would help grow the economy and reduce welfare dependency for immigrants. He said, “Our proposal is pro-American, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker.” The plan requires Congressional approval.

The immigration plan also addresses stronger border security and more rapid processing of asylum claims. Trump’s border security plan, developed by Border Patrol and Homeland Security personnel, calls for 100% operational security along America’s 2000-mile border with Mexico. On expediting asylum claims, Trump said, “If you have a proper claim, you’ll be quickly admitted; if you don’t, you will promptly be returned home.” Trump also pledged to keep MS-13 gang members from Central America from gaining entry into the country.

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