US President Donald Trump yesterday said his support for a Senate bill would halve the number of visas for legal immigrants to the United States and introduce a merit-based system or points Majority of the remaining visas.
The Indians, the largest legal migration basin in the United States today, would be affected by the loss of nearly 500,000 immigrant visas. But this would be offset in part by the fact that the Indians are doing well in competition for the remaining visas.
Under the proposed Senate bill, the best profile for an aspiring US would be if he was between 26 and 31, had a professional degree in the United States, speaks good English and earned three times income through his Homeland.
This new system would have no impact on temporary work visas, such as H or L. categories according to information carried out by the Institute for Migration Policies, indigenous migrants from the United States twice doubled the level of competence In English the average migrant in the United States and were also twice as likely to have professional or advanced degrees.
They were also four years younger than the average age of an American immigrant. “This bill is not about guest workers and non-immigrant temporary visas,” said Stephen Miller, with the White House during the announcement of bill approval.
Australia has pioneered these point-based migration policies. Canada followed soon after. In both countries, the middle class of India have benefited. India is now the main source of immigrants to Australia and is among Canada’s top three sources.
The Australian point system was designed by an Australian Indian from Hyderabad. Washington observers have trouble saying that Trump, who has not been able to pass laws during his first six months in office, has the necessary support for the United States Congress.
Many Republicans are strong supporters of immigration. Democrats oppose policies that effectively discriminate against low-level immigrants. But approval of the Trump bill is a first step toward the US, the biggest destination for immigrants in the world, adopting an immigration policy that examines the human capital that immigrants bring.
Critics have long argued that this point-based system worsens the “brain drain” factor in that immigration. But with a growing anti-immigrant sentiment among the working class in many developed countries, closing the door to a similar class of Third World immigrants is considered an effective political response.
A change in that direction would probably allow such a system to become the global standard for the coming decades. Trump administration has already taken crackdowns against illegal immigration to the United States.
While previous administrations tended to focus on illegal people who have committed crimes, Trump’s executive orders were illegally in the country a sufficient cause for detention and deportation.
During the first 100 days of its administration, 26% of the illegal immigrants arrested had no criminal record compared to 14% during the same period of the previous year. Global illegal detentions increased by 38%.
Whether the Senate bill passes or fails, Trump’s approval will help build support among those who work for its constituency. It is, in the end, probably its main policy goal.