Mr. Trump has broadened his immigration plan in hopes of implementing merit-based immigration. In the past, family members of legal residents have been given priority when it comes to immigration policy. Mr. Trump wants to change U.S. immigration policy terms to give priority to skilled and/or educated applicants. Several countries, like Canada and Australia, have a point-based system in which immigration applicants are awarded points based on their education level, employment, language ability and several other factors.
Mr. Trump discussed this merit-based plan to Congress in a speech last Tuesday. During his speech he quoted a report from the National Academy of Sciences, saying that immigrants cause negative consequences to the U.S. economy and cost taxpayers billions of dollars. The National Academy of Sciences, however, spoke up and clarified that their report showed positive impacts on the U.S. economy due to immigration.
Verdict: With this plan, immigrants would still be able to come to the U.S., but family ties would not matter as much as work skills and education. Many immigrants would be overlooked because they do not have a certain skill or quality and would be unable to do jobs that are important to the U.S. economy.