President Trump proposes a merit-based immigration system

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2019) — President Donald Trump has laid out a merit-based immigration plan that would give preferential treatment to high-skilled workers.

Trump says right now the U.S. immigration laws "discriminate against genius" and "discriminate against brilliance" because most of the green cards are given to low-skilled people who would make low wages.

Under the plan, the country would award the same number of green cards as it now does. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered.

Far fewer green cards would be given to people with relatives already in the U.S. Fifty-seven percent would be awarded on merit as opposed to the current 12%.

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