On Wednesday, three senior administration officials stated to Fox News that The White House is poised to unveil a sweeping new immigration plan. The plan is said to overhaul the current immigration plan altogether, and as a result, would radically transform the very makeup of immigrants in the United States. The new proposal would put an end to the visa lottery program, instead would be implementing a comprehensive merit-based procedure that would determine the legality of admission to the country.
With the new plan in place, four times as many immigrants will be granted admission to the country based on their work-related skills, while at the same time drastically slashing the number of admissions related to family ties. As the situation currently stands, an estimated 12 percent of immigrants are presently granted admission based on their skills or employment, while an estimated 66 percent are admitted based solely on their family connections.
With the new plan, those percentages would shift considerably and would end up being 53 percent and 33 percent, respectively. As for those immigrants claiming humanitarian or other such situations, those would be limited to 10 percent. The plan is said to do away with the visa lottery program all together totally.
Those who are seeking entry into the United States will have to undergo an assessment that is a points-based system. The factors considered are those of age, English proficiency, the offer of employment above a predetermined wage threshold already existing, as well as both educational and vocational certifications. Those who have pledged to invest and also create jobs if allowed entry will also be considered under the new law.
Fox News learned that Trump is scheduled to deliver a major immigration announcement on Thursday afternoon. Previous reports out of the Capitol is that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has been working at finalizing a working plan that is devised to focus significantly on border security as well as significant changes to the legal immigration system.
Kushner presented the new plan and laid out the specifics on Tuesday to those senators on Capitol Hill. After the presentation, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, told reporters that he felt White House officials are “well on their way” to the possibility of uniting Republicans on a truly contentious issue. Graham was very quick to add “whether it will or not, I don’t know.”
Yet another unnamed Republican stated that they felt Kushner’s presentation actually provided few details.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will the newly presented overhaul of immigration policy actually make a difference?