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Trump announces plan to overhaul legal immigration

Stephen Dinan, Tom Howell Jr. and Stephen Dinan, Tom Howell Jr. The Washington TimesMay 16, 2019

President Trump sought to retake the reins of the immigration debate Thursday, announcing a bold plan to refashion legal immigration from its heavy reliance on family ties into a points-based system that would boost those with preferred skills.

Mr. Trump envisions the overall level of immigration remaining unchecked, but says the country should do more to pick migrants who would benefit the U.S. economy, rather than allow the migrants themselves to pick who comes.

His plan also was intended to send the message that he supports immigration, though he says it must be legal.

“We want immigrants coming in. We cherish the open door,” he said in a speech in the White House Rose Garden. “But a big proportion of those immigrations must come in through merit and skill.”

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