"We will replace the existing green card categories with a new visa, the 'Build America' visa…Like Canada and so many other modern countries, we’ll create an easy to navigate points-based selection system. You'll get more points for being a younger worker…. You'll get more points for having a valuable skill, an offer of employment, an advanced education or a plan to create jobs."
“Only 12 percent of legal immigrants are selected based on skill or based on merit. In countries like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — and others — that number is closer to 60 and even 70 and 75 percent, in some cases.”
“The biggest change we make is to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12 percent to 57 percent, and we’d like to even see if we can go higher.”
“Finally, to promote integration, assimilation, and national unity, future immigrants will be required to learn English and to pass a civics exam prior to admission.”
–Donald Trump, May 16, 2019
A well-informed Australian political consultant described his country’s immigration policy, which Trump cited yesterday as a model for the US. Succinctly put, the practice is “jail the needy,” and sell entry and residence in the country to the wealthy. “Australian residency is for sale,” he said. Full Stop.
On this side of the Pacific a DC analyst quipped that under the “57% highly educated with high grades, financial means, knowledge of English, and ability to pass an American civics test” rule, probably the majority of those qualifying and wanting to come to the US are Chinese. (Meanwhile, a lot of today’s American native-born high school seniors might find a civics test quite challenging.)
Another thing. Some of the wealthiest people in the world are dope traffickers and money launderers. Surely they could meet the qualifications needed to be welcomed into the United States as members of Trump’s “57%,” even if a few records from their home countries have to be sanitized. Sending in their offspring has been underway for some time.
The immigration speech was long on theatrics, short on details. There was no draft legislation, no endorsement of specific Republican legislation that’s already been introduced. Some politicians were present, but Trump only welcomed (by first name only) the old Lady from South Carolina and one other.
Who’s eligible to come in? People with money, education, a non-entry level job offer, the ability to speak English, and who've qualified by passing a “civics” test. The President seeks to end entry based on sponsorship by a family member in order to promote "diversity." (Of the 1.1 million green cards awarded in 2017, more than 700,000 were Hispanics, Middle Easterners, Asians and Africans. )
Who’s eligible to stay? There won’t be any change in the number of green cards that are awarded annually. There are 1.1 million permanent residencies awarded each year, but the criteria will change, Trump said. Points-based Merit System: youth, money, skills, language literacy, higher education. Every country’s dream, but those demands probably would have excluded many 19th and 20th century forbearers of today’s successful citizens who actually did "make America great."
Asylum seekers will be seriously screened. No more “fake” claims of asylum. Will some asylum grants be revoked?
Who’s “Inadmissible” ? All criminals are inadmissible.
Who’s Forgotten? Not mentioned were the 700,000 DACA children and young adults who are still in the United States as illegals (having been brought to the United States as children without visas) but given special status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump ended in 2017. The status of these people, often referred to as the “Dreamers,” is in limbo, and still under various court rulings No new DACA actions have been allowed since 2017.
Trump attacked the current, long-standing policy of allowing family members of established residents and citizens of the United States to get entry visas. Whether the numbers of family-sponsored visas will be reduced or whittled down to nothing remains to be seen. Family sponsorship is apparently considered a serious factor that limits "diversity."
“The Wall” was touted as a great victory and fait accompli, well on its way. No mention of the funding for completing the wall. The expulsion of many thousands of criminal immigrants was also cited as a great victory and ongoing priority.
Within hours, the plan—attributed to The Son-In-Law—was being pronounced DOA. Trump himself said as much in his speech. If the Democrats don’t see the beauty of his Build America immigration plan, then the policy will have to wait until the 2020 election when his party will control the House, Senate, and of course, the White House. It’s only “sixteen months” away, Trump said.