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Trump unveils sweeping plan to ‘transform’ America’s immigration system

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President Trump on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the U. S. accepts people into the country, shifting the…
President Trump on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the U. S. accepts people into the country, shifting the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties.
“If adopted, our plan will transform Americas immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.
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The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system — accounting for age, English proficiency, whether each candidate has an offer of employment above a certain wage threshold, and educational and vocational factors.
Currently, only approximately 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would shift to 57 and 33 percent, respectively, under the Trump plan.
“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, theyre admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesnt really matter who that relative is,” Trump said.
The average yearly wage of legal immigrants is approximately $43,000.

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