Trump unveils plan for merit-based immigration system

MANDEL NGAN / AFP

US President Donald Trump unveiled a merit-based immigration plan that would favour high-skilled workers.

In an address at the White House, he proposed to restrict family-based migration.

"Our plan includes a sweeping modernisation of our dysfunctional legal immigration process. It is totally dysfunctional," the president told reporters on Thursday. 

Under the plan, which has not yet resulted in the drafting of any actual legislation, the number of visas awarded to the highly-skilled will be increased from 12 to 57 per cent.

He added that immigrants would be "required to learn English and to pass a civics exam prior to admission".

 

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