White House Unveils New Immigration Policy Proposal
The plan calls for a shift to a merit-based immigration policy
On May 17, 2019, President Donald Trump acknowledged he would need some support from Democrats to support his immigration and border agenda, even as opponents soundly rejected his latest proposals as the immigration issue heats up ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections.
A day after unveiling a plan to shift to a “merit-based” immigration system, the Republican president said there was a “good chance” that Democrats would back him and provide funding to manage record migrant flows along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The Democrats now realize that there is a national emergency at the border and that, if we work together, it can be immediately fixed," Trump said in a series of early morning tweets on Friday. "We need Democrat votes and all will be well!”
Such talk of bipartisan cooperation on the explosive immigration issue for years has ended in failure and finger-pointing. Even though the issue is back on Trump’s agenda, Democrats have shown little interest in compromise.
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