President Donald Trump endorsed a plan Wednesday to halve legal immigration by 2027 and to cut down the amount of green cards handed out to low-skilled workers.
Two U.S Senators, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, want candidates with the highest quality skills to come first.
They introduced to the White House a plan that would change the current green card system, and give an advantage to those who speak English and have a more valuable set of skills.
Donald Trump spoke with the two senators saying that the current system “has placed substantial pressure on American worker, taxpayers and community resources”.
“It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers,” he added.
He said he wants to change the system to “reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars”.
If this change was to occur, the number of immigrants would drop from 1,000,000 to 500,000 per year.
“It’s a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially, yet in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon,” Trump said.
It is not clear whether this new system will be put in place, since Trump will have a lot of people to fight against. Since the president implemented his Middle East travel ban, breaking up families, Democrats have fought his immigration actions.
Democrat Party Chairman, Tom Perez, spoke out after Donald Trump’s speech.
“Donald Trump and Mike Pence keep pushing their anti-immigrant agenda, and now they’re seeking to deny millions the American Dream by dramatically cutting legal immigration and limiting family reunification,” he said.