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Trump admin’s ‘must list’ for immigrants: skill, job, English

If such a policy is developed and implemented, it could benefit individuals from countries like India, the majority of whom meet the criterion. The Trump administration wants to reform the immigration system to serve the US' national interest, the official said.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: January 17, 2018 10:27 am
US President Donald Trump, flanked by US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), listens during a bipartisan meeting with legislators on immigration reform at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 9, 2018. (Reuters/File Photo)

The Trump administration has no qualms admitting immigrants who are skilled, employed and can speak English, a top official has said, while giving insight into what its merit-based system would look like. Such individuals could be from any part of the world given that they fulfil the requirements, the official said.

If such a policy is developed and implemented, it could benefit individuals from countries like India, the majority of whom meet the criterion. The Trump administration wants to reform the immigration system to serve the US’ national interest, the official was quoted as saying by PTI.

“..And so, our position, is that a system that prioritise individuals based on their individual skills and merit will certainly produce better results than the system we have now,” said a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“We want to bring in individuals, wherever they may be from, who love this country, who love its people, who have skills, who have talent, who have — who speak English, who are committed to supporting our values and our very way of life,” said the official. The official said some of the existing programmes for immigrants ignored such requirements which are important for individuals to succeed in the US.

“So, what we have with the Diversity Lottery Program or through chain migration is that in these cases there are identified examples of individuals who were not selected to come to the US based on their love of this country, skills, merit, and individual attributes that will lead them to their success,” the official said.

“We would like to admit individuals from all backgrounds or any place in the world, based on their own individual merit and their likelihood of success, into the US,” the official said.

The admission of any foreign national who goes on to commit a terrorism-related offense or who conspires to support terrorists is simply an unacceptable outcome for the US, no matter what, the official said. “Our goal is to eliminate terrorism in all of its forms, wherever it may emanate from,” the official said.

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  1. Beno Enose
    Jan 17, 2018 at 11:47 pm
    An opening for the skilled seems beneficial for a new phase of Trump administration, for the whole world appreciates. We could never say the opening is for all the people of the world. That means only for the literate and skilled in digital knowledge, though open to all the option to work in a compe ive world is well looked into.
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