As expected, House Democrat leaders immediately ripped President Trump’s plan to base U.S. immigration on a merit based system.
Apparently, Pelosi and others prefer a random visa lotto system and called Trump’s plan “a non-starter.”
House Democratic leaders panned President Trump’s immigration plan, which would increase border security, reduce chain migration, and eliminate the visa lottery system.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the proposal “dead on arrival, while Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the idea is “a non-starter.”
Trump unveiled the plan Thursday afternoon, two days after top White House officials pitched the plan to senators as way to unify the GOP around a single immigration proposal.
t was no intended to attract Democrats, who want a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants and who reject changes to asylum laws and more money for a border wall.
That would come later, Republicans said.
The proposal does not address illegals or so-called Dreamers, who arrived here illegally as children and remain in legal limbo under an Obama-era program that is tied up in court.
Pelosi condemned Trump’s proposal to increase merit-based immigration over family migration.
Trump’s proposal would create a point system that favored educated and employed immigrants who speak English over lower-skilled workers and relatives of immigrants with legal status.
The plan would also change asylum and detention laws in order to decrease the incentives for illegal immigration that are causing recent surges at the border.
“The White House has repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans, greenlighting the Administration’s barbaric family detention policies, reviving the President’s ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers and gutting our asylum and refugee protections, which the evangelical community has called the ‘crown jewel of American humanitarianism,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“To say that this plan’s application criteria are ‘merit-based’ is the height of condescension.”