Early last Wednesday, three senior US administration officials revealed the White House’s intention to unwrap a new immigration plan which will integrate a skill-based system as a mandate. The reason for the skill-based immigration system is to attract bright talents, protect American image, preserve the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and preserve humanitarian values.
Steve Scalise, the House of Representatives Minority Whip, has expressed his opinion on US immigration laws and believes that admission into the United States should be purely merit-based. He is inclined towards an immigration system which respects the rule of law and referred to the current immigration laws as “dumb.”
According to Scalise, transitioning to a merit-based immigration system will help strengthen the rule of law and encourage immigrants to migrate because they are interested in seeking the American dream. He claimed some more moderate Democrats would support a measure as such, unlike other non-moderate democrats.
Jared Kushner, who hinted the immigration plan last April, shared further, “We want to protect our country’s humanitarian values. We want to make sure we’re reunifying families, and we want to do this in a way that allows our country to be competitive long term. And my hope is we can do something that unifies people around what we’re for on immigration.”
Apart from adopting a merit-based immigrants admission procedure, the new plan will adjust the admission procedure into asylums while also expediting the adjudication process for people with legal asylum claims.