A lot of changes have been happening in the issue of immigration policies of the United States. After the recent news of newer security measures for the list of 11 nations, now President Donald Trump is pushing for a merit based policy of entry and wants to put an end to the chain migration which is the spouse and other dependants such as children to the States.
President Trump called upon Democrats to join him to work together on this new system for the benefit of Americans on Wednesday. This will also benefit IT professionals as they’ll be able to seek migration through merit.
In this release, Trump proposed four pillars of immigration reform that include a way to citizenship for almost 1.8 million illegal immigrants also popularly known as ‘Dreamers’ who were brought in the US by their parents at a young age, border security, ending the visa lottery programme and limiting family-based migration.
“Tonight I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens, of every background, colour and creed,” Trump said in his 80-minute address to the audience and press. He emphasized that such a system was crucial for the development of the nations. “It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country,” he explained.
The second pillar of Trump’s new proposal includes building a wall on the Southern border with Mexico. “Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country –and it finally ends the dangerous practice of ‘catch and release’,” he said.
Trump said the third pillar would eliminate the visa lottery a programme that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of Americans. Immigrants from any one country may not receive more than seven per cent of diversity visas issued annually through lottery. Trump has been against visa lottery system as he believes that this does not attract merit based or necessarily the brightest of talents to the country.