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President Donald Trump announced on Thursday a new proposal that would substantially change the nation’s system of legal immigration, turning it into one more focused on merit and skills over familial connections in America.
But before the details could even be officially unveiled, Democrats were already attacking the president and his plan.
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Trump’s plan, which largely deals with legal immigration, would place an emphasis on welcoming legal migrants with in-demand job skills, prior education and training, and the capability to sustain themselves without assistance from taxpayers, Fox News reported.
The plan would involve the use of a point system based on certain requirements.
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“Currently, only about 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections inside the U.S.,” Fox reported.
The plan’s goal is to flip those numbers closer to 60-30 in favor of merit and skill over mere familial relations — also known as “chain migration” — as the primary reason for acceptance.
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As noted, Democrats wasted no time in assailing the plan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, for instance, ludicrously slammed the very idea of “merit” being a factor as “condescending.”
However, she failed to offer up much in the way of explaining why.
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Do you support a more merit-based system of legal immigration?
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“We have to, I believe, come to comprehensive immigration reform. I think the president knows that,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference, according to The Hill.
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“I know that on the Republican side of the aisle there is a recognition that we have to have comprehensive immigration reform,” Pelosi said, “but that we have to do it in a way...
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