USA immigration law tweak could be ‘disastrous’ for some Indians

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

The plan doesn't change the level of immigration into the United States but it is said to dramatically alter the way the United States accepts people in the country.

"We want immigrants coming in", Trump said in a major immigration policy address in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Stuart Andersen, an immigration expert who runs a non-partisan think-tank National Foundation for American Policy, said, "Indians with pending family-based Green Card applications would see those applications eliminated". His plan envisions a "Build America visa" that incorporates parts of Sen.

Trump said instead of admitting people through "random chance", he will establish a "simple and universal criteria" for admission to the US.

Indeed, the plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats as well as immigration activists, who remain deeply skeptical of Trump after past negotiation failures.

The plan also seems to address immigration as a future issue and skips over current problems at the border, namely, the need for a new wall across the entire southern border - something the Trump administration has listed as a priority since the beginning of its tenure.

"You will get more points for being a younger worker, meaning you will contribute more to our social safety net", Trump said.

The President said he wants to prioritise people who speak English and who have qualifications and job skills or plans to create employment.

Asked Wednesday how failing to first confer with Democrats or include anything on so-called "Dreamers" amounts to anything more than a reelection strategy, the official said, "If they don't want to engage then it would be part of the election".

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The reports cited statistics that US-owned companies' share of the USA automobile market has declined from 67 percent, or 10.5 million units produced and sold in the United States, in 1985, to 22 percent, or 3.7 million units produced and sold in the United States, in 2017.

The senior administration officials said they believed Democrats are starting to agree there is a crisis at the border. Having said that, from a labor market perspective the proposal is incomplete because of the near-exclusive focus on education as the metric for measuring "high-skilled" immigration. And those who are American citizens will not be able to sponsor some relatives.

US President Donald Trump has delayed imposing tariffs on imported cars by six months to allow for negotiations with the European Union and Japan.

The statement comes as the United States faces a humanitarian crisis at its southern border with Mexico.

Unfortunately, the current immigration rules allow foreign workers to substitute for Americans seeking entry-level jobs.

"He's going to do everything within his legal authority to protect the American people and the families of this country", Gidley responded. By requiring that immigrants prove educational merit, English language skills and the ability to pass a US civics test as a condition for applying for a visa from outside the US, Trump is effectively barring the vast majority of workers and peasants, who have had little or no education and for whom the life-and-death struggle for existence means it is not possible to practice English or study for a civics exam.

Trump proposed to keep the overall numbers steady, but shift to a "merit-based" system similar to the one used in Canada - a plan he said would result in 57 percent of green cards to be based on employment and skills. "And we're not even taking advantage of that".

"This will bring us in line with other countries and make us globally competitive".

Even before the speech, Democrats, whose votes would be needed for any bill to be approved by the divided Congress, panned the effort and questioned the Republican Party's commitment to families.

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