WHITE HOUSE — A proposed "fair, modern and legal" overhaul of the American immigration system, which lawmakers from both major U.S. parties contend has little chance of winning congressional approval, was announced Thursday by U.S. President Donald Trump.
"Random selection is contrary to American values and blocks out many qualified potential immigrants who have much to contribute," Trump said in the White House Rose Garden Thursday afternoon.
The president explained his immigration system, which aims to shift the immigration approval process away from one that prioritizes family ties and humanitarian needs, to one that would attract "the best and the brightest from all around the world."
According to Trump, the opposition "Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and, frankly, lawless chaos. We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first. Our proposal is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker. It's just common sense."
Developed by a team led by the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the plan does not address the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for the so-called Dreamers -- immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. That makes it a nonstarter for a number of legislators.
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