Trump proposes new U.S. immigration plan favoring skills over family ties

[Original Post] U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about his administration’s proposals on U.S. immigration policy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he wants to overhaul the immigration system to favor young, educated, English-speaking applicants with […]

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about his administration’s proposals on U.S. immigration policy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he wants to overhaul the immigration system to favor young, educated, English-speaking applicants with job offers instead of people with family ties to Americans, a plan with little chance of advancing in Congress.

“Our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process. It is totally dysfunctional,” Trump said in a speech, noting his administration wants to increase security at the border and reduce claims from asylum seekers.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Steve Holland, Makini Brice; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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