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No English, No Admission: Trump's New Immigration Plan Has the Left Freaking Out

Donald Trump’s new immigration plan is out, and to say that it’s triggering the left is a bit of an understatement.

The president’s new plan, which would include a “Build America Visa” in place of a green card, would require both work skills and proficiency in English.

“You will get more points for being a younger worker, meaning you will contribute more to our social safety net. You will get more points for having a valuable skill and offer of employment and advanced education or a plan to create jobs,” Trump said during a Thursday Rose Garden media conference.

“Priority will also be given to higher wage workers, ensuring we never undercut American labor. To protect benefits from American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” he added.

“Finally, to promote integration, assimilation and national unity, future immigrants will be required to learn English and to pass a civics exam prior to admission.”

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According to the president, the plan would also streamline asylum claims at the southern border.

“Legitimate asylum-seekers are being replaced by those lodging frivolous claims — these are frivolous claims to gain admission into our country,” he said.

“If you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. If you don’t, you will promptly be returned home.”

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“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said.

“Our proposal builds upon our nation’s rich history of immigration, while strengthening the bonds of citizenship that bind us together as a national family.”

Democrats quickly and loudly disagreed.

“Today the president has unveiled an immigration plan that makes no mention of DACA, a program Trump unilaterally ended in late 2017, that has been hanging by a thread thanks to court injunctions,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said in a speech to a liberal group, according to Fox News.

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“A plan that fails to make sure people with temporary protection status and deferred enforced departure recipients don’t have a path to a permanent status or citizenship. A plan that seeks to limit asylum seekers fleeing violence.

“So what are we asking for? What we are asking for is very simple. We need to make sure that we cut, and not put increases on spending on detention facilities. We need to stop using DHS as a slush fund,” Omar said.

“We need to abolish ICE and end all inhumane deportation and detention programs. We need to fight back against the criminalization of immigrants and those crossing the border. We need to create a fair and accessible path to legal status and citizenship for all undocumented people in the United States.”

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi slammed the concept of “merit,” calling it “condescending.”

Yes, apparently merit immigration is condescending. This is news to us.

Immigration is an American virtue, but it ought to be able to strengthen us, not divide us or create more dependents. Trump’s plan not only makes us stronger that way, but it also encourages assimilation through English proficiency and a civics exam.

Assimilation is a very dirty word in liberal circles right now, which is probably why this is going to be so controversial.

As of right now, the plan is probably stalled. The Democrat-controlled House isn’t going to take it up, certainly not without any deal for DACA. Meanwhile, The Hill reported that the plan was “met by … ambivalence from conservatives.” It shouldn’t be.

This ought to be something that conservatives ought to embrace — particularly since it’ll throw the differences between the Democrats and the Republicans on immigration into sharp relief.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
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English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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