US President Donald Trump told Congress that he’s open to immigration reform. Moving from his harsh speeches on illegal immigration during his election campaign and first month as a President in the White House, President Trump offered more of a restrained tone.
45th US President Donald Trump proposed a merit-based immigration system that could potentially benefit Indians. To a large number of population whom have high levels of education and professional skills. Ultimately, this will depend on the finer details of how the proposal is employed.
Trump’s State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, he said the US should give out green cards using a merit-based system. The updated system should be similar to Canada and Australia, stead of the current ‘outdated’ programme.
“Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others — have a merit-based immigration system. It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially.” President Trump said.
US, by not following such system, is straining “the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon.” He said. A broad immigration reform plan is possible if both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are willing to compromise and work together, according to President Trump.
Trump further stated, “Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits: it will save countless dollars, raise workers’ wages, and help struggling families — including immigrant families — enter the middle class.”
Although, Trump didn’t spell out how the proposed merit-base system would work. If the merit system is similar to Canadian and Australian merit system, then Indians would definitely make a good fit as the merit-based system is going by the community’s current profile.
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