For the first time, President Donald Trump shared the details of his “Build America Visa” proposal, a dramatic plan to implement the immigration selection system he’d like to see. (LifeZette)
While the proposal is expected to keep overall levels of legal immigration at about the same as they are right now, the Trump plan — which still needs congressional support — would increase the number of merit-based and skills-based visas that the country offers, while also reducing the immigration levels of family members.
Right now in this country, some 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on their skills — while 66 percent are admitted based on family ties, as Fox Business and others have pointed out.
Trump is trying to shift those percentages to 57 percent and 33 percent, respectively.
He also said, “Priority will also be given to higher wage workers, ensuring we never undercut American labor. To protect benefits from American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient. Finally, to promote integration, assimilation and national unity, future immigrants will be required to learn English and to pass a civics exam prior to admission.”