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White House Focuses on New Immigration System to Include Merit-Based Admissions

Late last week, three senior officials from the White House said [1] there is a new immigration plan that would change the makeup of immigrants in the U.S. by ending the visa lottery program and implementing a “comprehensive merit-based admissions procedure.”

Currently, 66 percent of immigrants are admitted based on family connections, while only 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills.

Under the new merit-based plan the number of immigrants admitted because of family ties would shift to 33 percent, and 57 percent would be admitted based on employment and skills.

Students would benefit from the new merit-based system as well — the “Build America Visa” program would recognize students with extraordinary talent. and individuals with professional/specialized vocations.

Immigrants would also be admitted through a point-based system. The system would look at proficiency in English, age, education, employment, and dedication to invest/create jobs in the U.S., are a few of the point-based factors.

In a White House press briefing, President Donald Trump said, “Our proposal builds upon our Nation’s rich history of immigration, while strengthening the bonds of citizenship that bind us together as a national family.”

In the press briefing, Trump stressed that the proposal was developed by border enforcement authorities [4], not politicians.

Other countries, such as Canada have implemented a merit-based system that ended in pooling immigrants from East Asia and the greater Indian subcontinent. By adding a point system the Trump administration is able to help under-represented countries without adding caps on certain countries.


Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa [5].