Trump to Propose Expanding Skill-Based Visas in Immigration Overhaul

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U.S.-Mexican border. Photo by longIslandwinds via Flickr

President Trump is making a fresh bid to rewrite immigration policy, proposing an expansion of skills-based visas offset by new restrictions on family members’ immigration, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

The plan will ignite a dispute over issues that divide political parties and the country. Trump is set to unveil an immigration plan Thursday written partly by son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner that incorporates ideas that have been gaining currency in Republican circles.

Chief among them is a plan by conservative Republicans to establish a visa system prioritizing immigrants based on criteria such as education, English-language ability and high-paying job offers.

The proposal would eliminate the diversity-visa lottery long derided by Trump as well as immigration routes for family members such as siblings. It would limit the number of refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 a year. Officials are under pressure from advocates of immigration restrictions to keep the labor market tight to drive up wages.

The plan won’t address issues such as the fate of the hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” who arrived in the U.S. as children nor will it delve into the thorniest issues around the border and asylum.

An administration official said the plan is designed to rally Republicans around a common stance on immigration.

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