Trump plan would sharply change le­gal im­mi­gra­tion

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s new im­mi­gra­tion plan is stir­ring up con­tro­versy with its pro­pos­als on le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. Much of the pub­lic de­bate to this point has been about young im­mi­grants brought to this coun­try as chil­dren il­le­gally.

But the plan’s po­ten­tial im­pact on le­gal im­mi­gra­tion has sparked fierce Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion and ap­pears it may sink chances for a bi­par­ti­san deal in Congress.

The pro­posal out­lined Thurs­day by the White House would end much fam­ily- based im­mi­gra­tion and the visa lot­tery pro­gram, moves t hat some ex­perts es­ti­mate could cut le­gal im­mi­gra­tion into the United States nearly in half.

The plan would also pro­tect some 700,000 young im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion and pro­vide a path­way to cit­i­zen­ship, a top Demo­cratic goal.

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