Trump unveils plan to overhaul US immigration system
In a speech on Thursday in the White House’s Rose Garden, President Donald Trump detailed his new immigration plan.
President Donald Trump unveiled his new proposal to overhaul the US immigration system on Thursday in a speech at the White House’s Rose Garden.
The plan, which was primarily developed by senior Trump advisors Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller, would keep annual legal immigration at 1.1 million people but also prioritize people with advanced skills, while limiting family member sponsorships and eliminating the diversity lottery.
The proposal endorses funding for a border wall and increasing US entry fees to pay for additional security infrastructure – common refrains from the White House. However, it skirts around thorny issues surrounding temporary farm workers and the roughly 1 million Dreamers, immigrants brought illegally into the US as children.
The Trump administration did not provide legislative text or even many details of the plan on Thursday but did say that the president supports work to formalize it, including a bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that requires Central American migrants to apply for asylum at consulates within their own countries rather than at the border. Graham’s plan, which was released on Wednesday, also seeks to extend migrant detention periods and increase the number of immigration judges.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized the White House for not conferring with his party before the speech: “Don’t come up with a plan that Stephen Miller rubber stamps and say, ‘Now, pass it.’ It’s not going to happen.”