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The White House is set to unveil a sweeping new plan that would radically transform the makeup of immigrants in the United States, ending the visa lottery program and implementing a comprehensive merit-based admissions procedure, three senior administration officials told Fox News on Wednesday.
The move would more than quadruple the number of immigrants admitted because of their work-related skills, while dramatically slashing the number of immigrants admitted because of family ties. Currently, approximately 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections.
The article goes on to state the following:
Those percentages, under the new plan, would shift to 57 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Ten percent of immigrants would be admitted on humanitarian or other grounds, but the plan would end the visa lottery program.
In its place: a new “Build America Visa” program that would recognize “extraordinary talent” and “people with professional and specialized vocations,” including exceptional students, Fox News has learned.
A point-based system would be used to access potential immigrants, with age, English proficiency, employment wages, potential to invest and create jobs, and educational and vocational certifications factoring into the decision.
Breaking News: A new Trump immigration proposal would vastly scale back family-based immigration and increase education and skill requirements https://t.co/uCPGDMXXhM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 15, 2019
President Trump will unveil a detailed new vision for legislation overhauling the U.S. legal immigration system.
It rewards skills and education as part of a new points system.https://t.co/uHA0NkT58x
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 15, 2019
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