Trump pushes for merit-based immigration system

January 15, 2018 01:03 am | Updated 01:03 am IST - Washington

 US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed for a merit-based immigration system, saying he wants only those people who can help America become “strong and great again”.

Mr. Trump has been calling for the merit-based immigration system, of which people from countries like India could be a major beneficiary, to reduce overall immigration to the US.

On Wednesday, he said a merit-based system will allow only people with “great track record” to enter the country.

On Friday, he reiterated his support for the merit- based immigration system which will take America to the “next level”, asserting that he wanted safety and security of Americans and an end to “massive” inflow of drugs.

“I, as President, want people coming into our country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT,” Mr. Trump said in a tweet.

The President also said that there will be no more diversity lottery visa.

The decades-old diversity lottery visa system gave green cards to people from countries from where people would normally not qualify to come to the US through a merit-based system.

In his tweet, Mr. Trump said DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is probably dead.

“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military,” he said.

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