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.”