Green Card System Changes Under Trump's New Immigration Policy

Cheryl Sanders
May 18, 2019

Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced plans for an overhaul to the USA immigration system, including replacing green cards with a "Build America Visa" system and requiring applicants to learn English.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about immigration reform in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 16, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang, asked about state media reports suggesting there would be no more US-China trade talks, said China always encouraged resolving disputes between the two countries with dialogue and consultations.

Trump's proclamation said "domestic conditions of competition must be improved by reducing imports" and said a strong United States auto sector is vital to U.S. military superiority.

He suggested the plan could get passed after the 2020 election if necessary because the House could flip back to the GOP.


There's literally zero chance that congressional Republicans or Democrats will risk pissing off their respective bases with a "bad" immigration compromise ahead of a presidential election, especially with Dems convinced that Trump is beatable next fall. "We will replace the existing green card categories with a new visa, the Build America visa - which is what we all want to hear", Trump said amidst applause from the audience.

The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the USA, would be eliminated.

One day before a decision was due on whether to impose tariffs on automobile imports, the Trump administration on Friday said it would delay a decision for up to six months while the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, continues to negotiate trade deals with the European Union and Japan. While potentially more detailed, this proposal is less comprehensive than previous offers by Trump and his administration.

Trump said the current "broken" system of legal immigration has failed to retain and attract the brilliant talent from across the globe.

"Are they saying family is without merit?" The White House plan would decrease the number of people who enter the country because of family ties to 33 percent, and 10 percent of people would be allowed in for humanitarian needs.


Yet Mr. Trump's plan does not deal with future foreign guest workers, nor does it address any of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the US who are clamoring for legal status. Their fate is a priority for Democrats.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a key ally of Trump in Congress, signalled his lack of enthusiasm by releasing his own proposal yesterday and commenting: "The White House's plan is not created to become law, (while) this is created to become law".

Officials said the principles of Kushner's proposal, if implemented, would shift away from a majority of individuals coming into the USA based on family ties to having a majority coming in based on skill and employment. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. It would focus on things like age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a job offer.

Whatever the particular complaints the right might have with the administration's proposed immigration overhaul, conservatives should at least by able to agree that the current, 1960s-era system has outlived its usefulness and that we need a modernized immigration system that puts the American economy and American interests first.

The plan also calls for building border wall in targeted locations and continues to push for an overhaul to the USA asylum system, with the goal of processing fewer applications and more quickly removing people who don't qualify.


While the officials insisted their effort was not a "political" plan, they nonetheless framed it as one they hoped Republicans would unite behind, making clear to voters what the party is "for". Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) did release a bill Wednesday created to reduce asylum abuse and hopefully stem the tide of arrivals.

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