Timothy Benton | May 17, 2019 | 0
Trump Trying To Change The Direction Of Immigration
In a dance that we are all too familiar with, Trump leads off the dance by giving a proposal of what he wants Immigration to look like in the future, one based more on merit then family connections and the left is outraged, how dare he stop chain migration.
What Trump is trying to do is to place our immigration policies more like Canada’s, where merit outweighs any other consideration. We, if this is able to pass, will look at what the individual can offer the US, how they can provide for themselves and their family, their educational history and work experience, this is a huge break from what we have now.
The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.
At the present time, only 12% of visas are passed out due to work abilities, and 66% of immigrants are accepted due to family connections, Trump wants to reverse this.
Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57 and 33 percent, respectively, under the Trump plan.
“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t matter who that relative is,” Trump said.
He said the plan would help recruit “top talent.”
“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”
Part of the problem is the average wage of immigrants that arrive in the US. Today that number is $43,000, and that is for people that are already established, Trump wants to change this, with skills-based migration would raise this number to between $93,000 and $123,000, thus reducing the amount of government assistance to these people, instead would see a positive revenue flow for the US with greater taxes taken in.
While this does not stop chain migration, something Trump has said he wanted to eliminate, but would drastically reduce this.
Trump said the proposal would also require immigrants to be financially self-sufficient, learn English and pass a civics exam before admission.
“Through these steps, we will deliver an immigration system that strengthens our traditions, our culture, and our values,” he said.
Because this proposal does not reduce migration numbers, there will be some within the GOP that will resist this, but it has to include something the other side will see as a victory or will have no chance of moving forward. At this point, the Left’s leadership has already rejected this, but some within the party say they want to take a closer look at this. Nunes has said if the Left is so diabolically opposed, then present a counter plan.
We are going to see accusations now, but most likely no counter proposals from the left, they want as many illegals as possible, they are losing their base and see this as one sure fire way to replenish their voter stock.