Trump proposes merit-based immigration system that may benefit Indian workers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Oct 2017 08:35:41


 

WASHINGTON,

DONALD Trump has proposed a merit-based immigration system that could benefit highly- skilled Indian workers but prevents them from sponsoring their extended families, as part-of an aggressive plan which the US President said will serve national interest.


However, there was no reference to the H-1B visas, the most sought after by Indian IT professionals, in the proposal which Trump sent to Congress on Sunday. Besides overhauling the country’s green-card system, the Trump administration’s wish list also includes the funding of a controversial border wall along the US-Mexico border and a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the country.
The move to establish a merit-based immigration system could benefit highly-skilled Indian immigrants especially those from the IT sector.


However, the new policies would badly impact those thousands of Indian-Americans who want to bring in their family members to the US particularly their aged parents. The demands were denounced by Democratic leaders in Congress who had hoped to forge a deal with Trump to protect younger immigrants, known as “dreamers”, who were brought to the US illegally as children.