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Jan 31, 2018

U.S. Immigration Plan Ends Green Card/Visa Lottery, Chain Migration

Donald Trump

Now, the State of the Union address is not one that receives extensive local coverage, but as they say, when the U.S. sneezes, Belize catches a cold. President Trump’s address contained matters that are consequential, especially on immigration. The controversial construction of a wall on its border with Mexico as well as limiting the green card programme to spouses and minors also caught struck a nerve with persons all over. Trump said that these programmes present risks to America. 

 

Donald Trump, U.S. President

“Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the dangerous practice of “catch and release.” The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our American people. It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country. The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.”

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