Trump: Path to Citizenship for People Brought by Parents, Build Wall, End Catch and Release and Lottery, Limit Visa Sponsorship

During the State of the Union on Tuesday, President Trump laid out the four pillars of his immigration framework: a path to citizenship over 12 years for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children and who meet education, work, and character requirements, building a wall on the US-Mexico border, ending catch and release and the visa lottery, and limiting visa sponsorships to spouses and minor children.

Trump said, “The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age. That covers almost three times more people than the previous administration covered. Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States over a 12-year period.”

Trump continued, “The second pillar fully secures the border. That means building a great wall on the southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country, and it finally ends the horrible and dangerous practice of catch and release. The third pillar ends the visa lottery, a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of American people. It’s time to begin moving toward a merit-based immigration system, one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.”

He concluded, “The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and for the future of America.”

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