Thursday, May 16, 2019
Stay tuned for President Trump's immigration reform proposal later today. It appears that it would be somewhat similar to the proposed RAISE Act, which was introduced by two Republican Senators in the Senate in 2017 and received the support of President Trump. As previously reported, Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has been working in an immigration proposal for the administration.
According to Fox News, the White House will unveil a new plan that would transform the makeup of immigrants in the United States, ending the diversity visa lottery, and implementing a comprehensive merit-based admissions system, according to three senior administration officials. The move would increasee the number of immigrants admitted because of their "skills," while reducing the number of immigrants admitted because of family ties.
Acording to Fox News, a "new `Build America Visa' program . . . would recognize `extraordinary talent' and `people with professional and specialized vocations,' including exceptional students." Potential immigrants would be assessed using a point-based system, accounting for factors including age, English proficiency, whether each candidate has an offer of employment above a certain wage threshold, and educational and vocational certifications. Pledges to invest and create jobs also would be considered.
UPDATE (May 17):
The President's proposal generated this response from the editorial board of the Washington Post. For reactions to the plan, see this NPR report. Among other things, the President's plan does not address the status of DACA recipients or create a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants.