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Updated 4:10 p.m. ET
President Trump is set to unveil an immigration plan that would definitely change into United States.
Trump will present the plan in a speech from the White House Rose Garden Thursday afternoon.
The new plan would focus on reducing family based immigration to the U.S. in favor of employment skill-based immigration.
But, overall, the number of green cards issued under this plan would not change, and there would be no reduction in net immigration.
The bottom-line politically, said the administration official, "We want to show country that are not against immigrants."
Democrats have not been consulted on the formulation of this plan. And getting it to the Democratic-controlled House or Senate, where Republicans do not have filibuster-proof majority, are next to impossible. But with the president up for re-election next year, the White House is making a calculation to put this plan front and center.
The plan, according to a senior administration official, addresses six issues:
- Securing the border : Protecting American wages: Vote the flow of low-wage labor
- Attract and retain the best and brightest immigrants
- Prioritize nuclear families: It would be limited which family members can go to the country to children and spouses
- Import labor for critical industries
- Preserve humanitarian values: Keep asylum system, but limit it.
The formula currently for who comes to the country is 12% skill-based, 66% with ties to family members and 22% humanitarian, or asylum seekers.
Trump would change that calculation to 57% skill, 33 % family, 10% humanitarian. An order to determine who is a highly skilled immigrant, people would be awarded points based on their education and their language proficiency.
But the number of green cards would stay the same at approximately 1.1 million per year.
Or the four pillars that the administration has always stressed – border security, citizenship, a guest worker program and what to do with immigrants who have entered the country illegally, including DREAMers – the last two are not addressed.
NPR's Brett Neely contributed to this report.