US Immigration: Indians to benefit from Trump’s immigration reforms

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US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC

"This is the big, beautiful, bold plan", Trump said at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, adding adding that it would be nice to have something on a smaller scale implemented sooner. But the plan is a major change from the current immigration system, which has been largely based on family connections. We'll see an increase of wages from that. Our proposal is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker. "It's just common sense".

"Our proposal fulfills our sacred duty to those living here today while ensuring America remains a welcoming country to immigrants joining us tomorrow". That makes it a nonstarter for a number of legislators. She criticized parts of the Trump proposal.

There has been a tug-of-war inside the White House West Wing over the president's immigration policy, pitting the pragmatism of Kushner against hard-liner Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser.

Trump was also silent on the H1-B visas that are given temporarily to skilled professionals.

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DACA is short for the term Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, is introducing his own more modest immigration legislation, saying, "The White House's plan is not created to become law". This is Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

A Forbes analysis noted, "Under the proposal, more than 4 million people waiting in family and employment-based green card backlogs would have their immigration applications eliminated, even if they have been waiting in line for years to immigrate." .

California Congressman Ted Lieu, a native of Taiwan, declared, in a tweet, that Trump's proposal "is dead on arrival. The House of Representatives will not vote for any immigration plan that would have barred the grandfather of @realDonaldTrump from immigrating to the United States".

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The Trump plan's biggest weakness in getting Democratic Party support is the failure to grant permanent immigration status to those who came to the United States illegally as children and are referred to as "Dreamers" for their pursuit of the American dram. As of now, about 66 per cent of the Green Cards are given to those with family ties. They include hundreds of thousands of young "Dreamers" brought to the children. "Administration officials said Wednesday that immigrants admitted based on education and skills would have an average income of $126,000, and they would expect the average yearly wage of all immigrants to rise to roughly $96,000", reports Fox News.

The proposal will include dramatically reducing the number of family-based green cards and moving towards a points-based system that will reward, among other factors, education, skills and English language proficiency. Visas given based on humanitarian needs will be reduced, from 22% to 10%.

Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions. In fiscal year 2017, the last year of official immigration data DHS has published, 62,051 people received visas for office or professional work, while 1,237 green card holders were listed as working in manual labor or transportation.

"The vast majority of USA legal immigrants are family-sponsored, yet the US immigrant population works at higher rates than the USA -born population", said David Bier of the libertarian Cato Institute, who notes that almost half of family-sponsored immigrants have college degrees, a much higher rate than USA -born adults. It will be made crystal clear... He would also end a lottery system used to give applicants from countries with low immigration rates a chance to move to the United States. "We will replace the existing green card categories with a new visa, the Build America visa - which is what we all want to hear", Trump said amidst applause from the audience. "The fact that it does not even call for a modest reduction in total immigration, but instead offsets decreases with increases in "skills-based" immigration, is very concerning", said Mark Krikorian, head of the Center for Immigration Studies. "There are a number of very talented individuals working in the USA now, and doing quite well, that would likely have less English language proficiency than those from Anglophone countries". "This will bring us in line with other countries and make us globally competitive". "I see no economic or moral reason to select immigrants on the basis of their place of birth".

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"A plan that forces families apart, limits access to asylum and other humanitarian relief, and doesn't contemplate a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented community members is clearly a political stunt meant to posture rather than problem-solve", she said. "If you don't you will promptly be returned home". Even though the issue is now back on Trump's agenda, Democrats have shown little interest in compromise.

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