Trump backs merit-based immigration

 WASHINGTON, Jan 31 – President Donald Trump today warned that “rivals” like China and Russia were challenging America’s interests, economy and values, as he tried to sell his ‘America First’ agenda and key immigration reforms in his first State of the Union address to a deeply divided nation.In his 80-minute prime time address, Trump laid out a four-pillar immigration plan, one of the major debates that loomed over his first year in office, and sought the backing of the Congress for a merit-based immigration system that admits skilled people, a proposal that could benefit technology professionals from countries like India.

He also outlined a plan that would allow up to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country while funding a border wall with Mexico, ending the visa lottery system and reforming family immigration rules.

In one of the longest-running State of the Union speeches in US history, the 71-year-old businessman-turned politician heralded the economic successes of his administration, including a soaring stock market and low unemployment.

While keeping mum on the ongoing investigations into his election campaign’s ties to Russia, Trump appealed to the Democrats and Republicans to look past deep national divisions in order to do good by the American people. He warned that “rivals” like China and Russia were challenging America’s interests, economy and values.

“As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad. Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values,” he said. – PTI





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