Trump, Republican Senators to Unveil Plan to Cut Legal Immigration to U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an announcement on immigration reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump and two Republican senators on Wednesday will unveil a plan at the White House to overhaul the rules for legal immigrants, a proposal that would slash numbers overall and focus on skilled immigrants, the White House said.

Trump will discuss his support for a bill developed by senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia that they had said would cut legal immigration by 50 percent over 10 years by reducing the kinds of relatives immigrants can bring into the country.

“Right now, only one in 15 immigrants come here because of their skills. And we don’t prioritize ultra-high-skilled immigrants,” a White House official said, speaking on background ahead of the announcement, which is slated for 1130 a.m. ET (1530 GMT).

The White House believes the changes proposed by the senators would raise wages and create jobs, the official said.

SOURCE: Reuters