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Trump To Outline Immigration Plan That Would Overhaul Who Is Allowed Into The U.S.


President Trump tours a portion of the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, Calif., last month.

President Trump tours a portion of the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, Calif., last month.

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President Trump is set to unveil an immigration plan that would vastly change who’s allowed into the United States.

Trump will present the plan in a speech from the White House Rose Garden Thursday. The plan, according to a senior administration official, includes six planks:

  • Securing the border: Finishing the border wall
  • Protecting American wages: Stemming the flow of low-wage labor
  • Attract and retain the best and brightest immigrants
  • Prioritize nuclear families: It would limit which family members can come to the country to children and spouses
  • Import labor for critical industries
  • Preserve humanitarian values: Keep asylum system, but limit it.

The formula currently for who comes to the country is 12% skill-based, 66% with ties to family members and 22% humanitarian, or asylum-seekers.

Trump would change that calculation to 57% skill, 33% family, 10% humanitarian.

The bottom-line politically, said the administration official, “We want to show country that Republicans are not against immigrants.”

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