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Green cards plan intended to attract "top talent"

Most people in Washington, DC are aware of the role that the topic of immigration has held in national discourse over the last several years. Despite both political parties wanting reform, it seems that neither can come to an agreement over what appropriate reform should entail. Along these lines, President Trump has recently proposed a change that would impact how green cards are awarded.

Under the current system, there is a great deal of emphasis placed on family ties. For example, approximately 66% of green cards are given to those with family ties. As a result, President Trump -- who issued the recent proposal -- has made blanket claims that those with professional skills are often overlooked. His plan would rethink the current system, prioritizing those with degrees, job offers and high-level skills over those with relatives who already reside within the country.

The plan, which has not been fully expounded upon, would create a point-based system based on merit, reportedly similar to systems in place in Canada and other countries. Those who make decisions regarding who is issued a green card would look at a number of factors, such as English language ability, age and offers of employment; the proposal would eliminate the diversity visa lottery. Opponents of the plan describe it as "condescending," claiming that it overlooks the merit of families and that it is motivated by xenophobic racism. The plan does not address the undocumented immigrants already living in the country.

For many people living in dangerous conditions in other areas of the world, the United States represents a new beginning with hope for the future. Unfortunately, those unfamiliar with the process to obtain green cards may struggle to realize their dream. However, there are experienced professionals in Washington, DC who can provide guidance.

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