WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A merit-based immigration proposal being put collectively by White Home senior adviser Jared Kushner may result in a rise in U.S. visas for extremely expert employees, sources accustomed to the trouble stated on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: A Ghanian girl poses whereas holding her household’s passports with a U.S. visa in Accra, Ghana February 1, 2019. Reuters/Francis Kokoroko/File Picture
Kushner is predicted to current the great plan subsequent week to President Donald Trump, who will determine whether or not to undertake it as his official place or ship it again for modifications, the sources stated.
The plan doesn’t suggest methods to deal with younger individuals who got here to the US illegally as kids who had been protected by former President Barack Obama within the 2014 program referred to as Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or these individuals who have Non permanent Protected Standing, the sources stated.
Democrats, whose assist the White Home would want to advance any sort of immigration laws by way of Congress, have insisted that the DACA recipients be protected.
Kushner has held about 50 listening periods with conservative teams on immigration, a senior administration official stated. He has been working with White Home financial adviser Kevin Hassett and coverage adviser Stephen Miller on the plan and the sources stated there was some intense behind-the-scenes jockeying concerning the plan.
At a Time journal discussion board in New York on Tuesday, Kushner stated he was working properly with Miller, an immigration hawk, on the subject. The 2 males are each long-time Trump advisers.
“Stephen and I haven’t had any fights,” he stated with a smile.
That drew skepticism from immigration advocate Marshall Fitz of the Emerson Collective, who gave Kushner credit score for advancing prison justice reform however stated immigration was a dramatically completely different situation that Miller was dominating on the White Home.
“It’s unimaginable to see how Kushner may navigate a problem this freighted with historical past and central to the president’s re-election technique in a means that will truly transfer the ball ahead,” Fitz stated.
As a White Home candidate in 2016 and all through his presidency, Trump has advocated a hard-line coverage on immigration, pushing for a wall to be constructed on the U.S.-Mexico border and utilizing bruising rhetoric to explain individuals who have fled Central American nations to enter the US.
Republicans have largely supported his immigration proposals, however the newest White Home plan goals to convey them collectively on a broader foundation.
Some within the U.S. enterprise group have requested that the variety of extremely expert visas be raised to draw extra workers from overseas for specialised jobs amid a booming U.S. financial system. Trump himself has talked of the necessity to usher in extra expert employees.
The immigration plan would both depart the variety of extremely expert visas every year on the similar stage or increase it barely, the sources stated.
The general aim is to reshape the visa program right into a extra merit-based system, a key Trump aim. Officers engaged on the plan have been reviewing the programs utilized by Canada and Australia as attainable fashions for the Trump effort.
The group has been engaged on a guest-worker program as a part of the proposal to deal with the U.S. agriculture group’s want for seasonal labor whereas not hurting American employees, however nothing has been finalized, the sources stated. Trump has sought to courtroom farmers in key battleground states to spice up his possibilities of re-election in 2020.
The proposal will embody suggestions for modernizing ports of entry alongside the U.S. border to make sure secure commerce whereas stopping criminality. It additionally goals to lower the variety of immigrants in a position to enter the US primarily based on their household ties, the sources stated.
Trump has already taken steps to deal with these immigrants who overstay their visas.
Kushner, who’s Trump’s son-in-law, can be a principal architect of a Center East peace proposal that the president is predicted to unveil this summer season.
His goal on the immigration plan on the very least is to have a doc that represents the president’s immigration coverage and supply one thing that Republicans can rally round.
Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; further reporting by Mica Rosenberg; Modifying by Tom Brown and Lisa Shumaker