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President Donald Trump speaks at a women's empowerment panel, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump endorses merit-based immigration system

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced his support for a legislation that would cut in half the number legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a “merit-based” system favoring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards. If passed by the Congress and signed into law, the legislation titled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act could benefit highly-educated and technology professionals from countries like India. The RAISE Act would scrap the current lottery system to get into the US and instead institute a points-based system for earning a green card. Factors that would be taken into account include English language skills, education, high-paying job offers and age.

“The RAISE Act will reduce poverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars. It will do this by changing the way the US issues Green Cards to nationals from other countries. Green Cards provide permanent residency, work authorization, and fast track to citizenship,” Trump said at a White House event to announce his support to the RAISE Act. Trump said this legislation will not only restore America’s competitive edge in the 21st century, but it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens.

Source: Indian Express  

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