Flash News: President of Brazil Believes Amazon Fires Were Staged to Make Him Look Bad     - | -     Inslee Second Democrat to Drop Out of 2020 Race in One Week     - | -     At Least 8 Prison Officials Knew Epstein Shouldn't Be Left Alone Before His Suicide     - | -     Harvard Law Professor Says Trump Wants to 'Reverse Outcome of Civil War'     - | -     Denmark Is Further Upset by Trump's Canceled Visit and Referring to Prime Minster's Comment as 'Nasty'     - | -     Budget Deal Expected to Move the Bar on U.S. Deficit to $800 Billion More than Previously Expected Over Next Decade     - | -     Jewish Leaders Upset with Trump for Saying Jews Are Disloyal If They Vote Democratic     - | -     This Is What GOP Feared. Now that Trump Has Governed with Executive Orders, Dems Plan to Do Same      - | -     Man Throwing 'Incendiary Devices' at ICE Detention Center Is Killed in Attack      - | -     Mueller Hearing Pushed Back a Week to Allow More Time for Him to Answer Questions      - | -     Trump Tells 4 Congresswomen of Color to 'Go Back' to 'Crime-Infested' Countries They Came From      - | -     GOP Congressman Invokes 'The Deep State'

National News

Kushner Pitches Immigration Plan that Trump Will Unveil on Thursday

viewsViews 157

Kushner Pitches Immigration Plan that Trump Will Unveil on Thursday

2019-05-15 21:48:391 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Jared Kushner (Image source: Public domain)


Fixing the immigration problem continues to be a focus of Donald Trump's, despite finally getting the money he wanted to build the border wall between the United States and Mexico.


He'd said all along that this would solve the immigration problem, but with the number of border apprehensions the highest it's been since 2007, Trump needs to figure something else out to appease his base who are looking for results. 

He asked his senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner to pitch a plan to overhaul the immigration system in a closed-door meeting with GOP senators on Tuesday. And while some insiders have said he didn't have solutions to some key concerns, Trump is set to unveil the plan on Thursday.


Kushner proposed changing immigration to a merit-based solution that gives a higher priority to highly-skilled workers, and publicly the GOP senators left the Capitol Hill luncheon praising the plan. 

Republican officials said privately, however, that Kushner didn't have clear answers to questions about his plan, and this prompted Stephen Miller, another senior adviser, to interrupt and take over.


A senior official with the Trump administration disputed that the plan didn't go over, contending that Kushner, Miller, and senior economic advisor Kevin Hassett presented the plan jointly. 

Kushner told Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that his plan wouldn't address DACA, but this confused some in the meeting, as all along they have been looking to find a way to deal with DACA recipients, knowing that's necessary for gaining Democratic support.


Some GOP senators left the meeting questioning if Kushner understood the issue at hand, and while they appreciated his efforts, they didn't believe it would be put into play anytime soon. 

"He's in his own little world," said a person familiar with the discussion in the meeting. "He didn't give many details about what was in [his plan]. ... And there were a number of instances where people had to step in and answer questions because he couldn't."


Yet by Wednesday, senior White House officials announced that Trump would be unveiling Kushner's plan on Thursday to overhaul immigration, put new security measures in place at the border, and increase the educational and skills requirements for migrants who are allowed to stay. 

This works to take care of one of the issues that the administration seems to have been working on. For the past year they have been implementing and floating plans to stop the number of families who cross the border seeking asylum.


This proposal will cut back on family-based immigration that allows immigrants to bring their spouses and children to join them in the States, according to officials. Instead, immigrants will get new opportunities if they have specific skills or U.S. job offers. Yet, they must be able to demonstrate English proficiency, educational attainment, and pass a civics exam. 

Just as the plan didn't go over well with GOP senators, it's also not expected to do well Democratic senators.


The current breakdown allows around 12 percent of immigrants to stay in the country legally based on their skills, yet more than half are allowed to stay because they have family currently living in the U.S. Kushner's plan reverses those numbers. 

While officials say this plan has a long way before officially being put in place, Trump will reveal the plan and some of its details in a Rose Garden ceremony on Thursday afternoon.

Post Your Comment

Recently Posted Comments

Most Recent News

President of Brazil Believes Amazon Fires Were Staged to Make Him Look Bad

22 August, 2019

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Jair Bolsonaro (Image source: Public domain)     After last year's wildfires in California, the United States knows a little about the pain of going......More

Inslee Second Democrat to Drop Out of 2020 Race in One Week

22 August, 2019

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Jay Inslee (Image source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)     The second Democratic nominee in a week has dropped out of the race for the 2020......More

Get A Grip: Loss Of Hand Grip Strength Linked To Cognitive Decline

22 August, 2019

New research reveals older people with a weak hand grip could signal diminished cognitive and memory. Loss of handgrip by 11 pounds put people at a 10% risk of cognitive impairment and an 18% risk......More