Once again, Donald Trump has come up with another idea to monitor immigrants who seek to enter the U.S.
In a recent address at the White House, Trump proposed moving away from the current system that favors applicants with family ties to the US. Instead, he suggested having them take an exam and pass it to gain access to the country.
Trump said he wanted to focus on “merits,” meaning a proposed system based on whether migrants have special skills to help the U.S. economy or specific U.S. job offers. It would also require English-language proficiency, certain education standards and a civics exam passage.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives commented on Trump’s prospal and said,
“This dead-on-arrival plan is not a remotely serious proposal,” said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives. “Are they saying most of the people who have ever come to the United States in the history of our country are without merit, because they don’t have an engineering degree?”
“It does not include any protections for dreamers. It does not include any plan for the 11 million undocumented immigrants that are in this country that need a path for citizenship,” she added.
Although it is unlikely to progress in Congress, Trump shared what his plans on for the future.
“If for some reason, possibly political, we can’t get the Democrats to approve this merit-based, high-security plan, then we will get it approved immediately after the election when we take back the House (of Representatives), keep the Senate, and, of course, hold the presidency.”
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