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Trump Unveils Sweeping 'Merit-Based' Immigration Proposal

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 6:07 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump unveiled a sweeping immigration reform proposal Thursday that would represent a shift toward what he has repeatedly referred to as a "merit-based" immigration system, prioritizing high-skilled workers and creating a points-based means of evaluating green card holders.

In a Rose Garden address at the White House, Trump claimed that the current legal immigration system, which allows citizens or green card holders to sponsor their family members for immigration benefits, does not delineate a "clear path for top talent." He noted that companies are moving to other countries in order to continue to hire skilled workers.

Under his proposal,...

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