Trump’s ‘gold standard’ border plan targets immigrants who overstay visas…(8…)

Thursday, May 16, 2019
By Paul Martin

BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ
McClatchydc.com
MAY 16, 2019

WASHINGTON
President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan includes an overhaul that “expedites border construction,” revamps asylum laws, targets those who have overstayed their visas and moves toward a so-called merit-based green card system, according to a written summary of the plan obtained by McClatchy.

While the number of immigrants would neither increase nor decrease, the proposal would create a new high skilled immigrant visa called the “Build America Visa” for “extraordinary talented individuals,” high-skilled professionals and top graduate students from American universities.

“The President’s plan is designed to attract immigrants who love America, share our values and want to contribute to society,” the written summary states. “This is achieved by requiring green card applicants to pass a U.S. civics exam and demonstrate English proficiency.”

The Trump immigration proposal touts the “gold standard of border security” and represents an effort to rally Republicans, who are divided on key aspects of this issue. But despite stiff enforcement measures one crucial faction, the immigration hardliners who helped Trump get elected, is already wary about whether they want to remain in the inner circle if this is the starting point.

Trump, in remarks Thursday afternoon in the White House Rose Garden, is expected to also call for mandatory federal employment checks to ensure those hired are legally able to work.

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