Donald Trump pushes for merit- based immigration system in State of Union address

Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump today used his first State of the Union address to push for a merit- based immigration system that admits skilled people, a proposal that could benefit technology professionals from countries like India.In his nearly 80-minute long speech, Trump tried to shed his polarising image that has thwarted his ability to pass bipartisan legislations, calling upon Democrats to join him to work together for the benefit of Americans.”Tonight I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens, of every background, colour and creed,” Trump said.

“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,” Trump said.The State of the Union address is a traditional annual speech of the US president to a joint session of Congress where he gives an account of the situation in the country.”Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States,” Trump said, proposing a pathway to Dreamers.

The second pillar includes building a wall on the Southern border with Mexico.”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’,” Trump said.Trump has been against visa lottery system as he believes that this does not attract the best and the brightest to the US.

Given that there are hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals waiting in queue to get their green cards because of the current country quota, the relocation of diversity visa numbers to green cards is expected to hugely benefit them.The countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK and Vietnam.The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration, he said, ruing that under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.Trump said in recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration.In the age of terrorism, these programmes present risks we can no longer afford.”It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” Trump said.