The Trump administration will push for a merit-based immigration system that could benefit high-skilled Indian workers but prevent them from sponsoring their extended families.
“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,” President Donald Trump said in his first State of the Union on Tuesday night, pitching for reforms in immigration policy and saying that’s the only way to put America First.
“My immigration proposal is a fair compromise — one where nobody gets everything they want’,” said Trump, adding it would get bipartisan support in Congress.
The immigration reform proposes an end to the visa lottery — a programme that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of Americans.
Another important proposal is to end chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.
“Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children,” he said, stressing that this reform is necessary for the security and future of America.
“In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programmes present risks we can just no longer afford. It’s time to reform … these outdated immigration rules and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.”
Trump also said the US would work to fix “bad” trade deals and negotiate new ones that would be fair. “And we will protect American workers and American intellectual property through strong enforcement of our trade rules,” he said.