tv President Trump on Immigration Proposal CSPAN May 16, 2019 5:05pm-5:30pm EDT
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[applause] please, thank you. we are here on this beautiful spring day in the rose garden to unveil our plan to create a fair, modern and lawful system of immigration for the u.s. [applause] if adopted, our plan will transform from america's immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world. a proposal builds upon our nation's richest immigration while strengthening the bonds of citizenship that binds us together as a national family. throughout our history, we have
welcomed newcomers to our shores. out of many people from many places, we afford that's forged one people, one nation under god. we are very proud of it. [applause] we share the same home, we share the same destiny and we pledge allegiance to the same great american flag. [applause] our policies have turbo charged our economy. now we must implement an immigration system that will allow our citizens to prosper for generations to come. today we are presenting a clear contrast. democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and
frankly, lawless chaos. we are proposing an immigration plant that puts the jobs, wages and safety of american workers first. [applause] our proposal is for american, pro- immigrant and pro- worker. it's just common sense. it will help all of our people including millions of devoted immigrants to achieve the american dream. we are grateful to be joined this afternoon by a tremendous number of people from house, senate and my cabinet. i love you all but i will introduce you all because i will be here all day long. but you are all here. our plan achieves two
critical's, it stops illegal immigration and fully secures the border and second, it establishes a new legal immigration system that protects american wages, promote american values and attracts the best and brightest from all around the world. the proposal begins with the most complete and effective border security baggage ever assembled by our country or any other country for that matter. [applause] this plan was not developed, i'm sorry to say by politicians. you have a lot of politicians. respect the people and you know the people but have to know this plan. it was designed with significant input from our great law enforcement professionals to detail what they need to make our border. which is one 100% operationally secure. one 100%. everyone agrees that the
physical infrastructure on the border and port of entry are underfunded and inadequate. we scan only a small fraction of the vehicles, goods and all of the other things coming across, including people and sadly, the drugs for across our border. we are going to stop it. investment in technology will ensure we scan one 100% of everything coming through. curbing the flow of drugs and contraband while speeding up legal trade and commerce it's the most heavily traded monetarily border anywhere in the world and it's not even close. make certain, we are constantly making the upgrade we need, our proposal creates a permanent self-sustaining border security trust fund. this will be financed by the
fees and revenues generated at the border crossings itself. importantly, we are already building the wall and we should have close to 400 miles built by the end of next year end probably even more than that. it's going up very rapidly. [applause] i want to think the army corps of engineers, you're doing a fantastic job on the wall. the wall but is desperately needed. as we close the gaps in our physical framework, we must also close the gaps in our legal framework. critical to ending the border crisis is removing all incentives for smuggling women and children. current law -- [applause]
that's right, women and children. people have no idea how bad it is unless you are there and are a member of law enforcement. they see it every day and can't believe what they see. current law and federal court rulings encourage criminal organizations to smuggle children across the border. the tragic result is that 65% of all border crossings this year were either minors or adult traveling with minors. our plan will change the law to stop the flood of child smuggling and humanely reunite unaccompanied children with their families that come and rapidly. as soon as possible. we must also restore the integrity of our broken asylum system. our nation has a proud history
of affording protection to those fleeing government, persecutions unfortunately legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims, these are frivolous claims to gain admission into our country. asylum abuse also strangers our public school systems and local shelters using funds that we should and that have to go to out of the veterans at risk of americans in poverty and those in genuine need of protection by using the funds that should be
going to them. that shouldn't happen and it's not going to happen in a short period of time. we have to get this approved. my plan expedite relief for legitimate asylum seekers by scanning out the meritless claims. if you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. if you don't, you will promptly, and return home. crucially -- [applause] our plan closes loopholes in federal law to make clear that gang members and criminals are inadmissible. these are some of the worst people anywhere in the world, ms 13 and others, inadmissible. not coming in. we are taking them out all the time by the thousands of year. they come in, they are no longer admissible. the criminals already here, we will ensure their swift deportation. we will keep our community safe,
americans can have complete and total confidence that under this plan, the borders will finally be fully and totally secure. [applause] know a number of republican friends, and others, sitting right there and steve, you're working on a plan, intermediate plan. a smaller plant but very immediate plans to stop it as of this afternoon. as fast as you can get something done. this is the big beautiful plan but we need something very quick and if you can get done, that would be fantastic. [applause] a topic of less discussion in media, a violent importance to
our country is our legal immigration system itself. our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional, legal immigration process. it is totally dysfunctional. the system will finally be fair, transparent and promote equality and opportunity for all. every year, we admit 1.1 million immigrants as permanent, legal residents. these green card holders get lifetime authorization to live and work here and a five-year pass to american citizenship. this is the most prized citizenship anywhere in the world, by far. currently, 66% of legal immigrants come here on the basis of random chance, they are admitted because they have a
relative in the u.s. and it doesn't really matter who that relative is. another 21% of immigrants are issued either by random lottery or because they're fortunate enough to be selected for humanitarian relief. random selection is contrary to american values and blocks out many qualified potential immigrants from around the world much to contribute. while countless, and you wouldn't believe how many countries like canada create a clear path for top talent america does not. under the senseless rules of the current system, we are not able to give preference to a doctor,
a researcher, a student who graduated number one in his class from the finest colleges in the world, anybody was not able to take care of it, you're not able to make those incredible breakthroughs. if somebody graduates top of their class from the top of the college, go back to your country. we want to keep them here. companies are more offices to other countries because our immigration rules prevent them from retaining highly skilled and even if i might, totally brilliant people. we discriminate against genius. we discriminate against brilliance. we won't anymore once we get this past. we hope to get past as as soon as possible. [applause]
some of the most ill students in our world class universities are going back home because they have no relatives to sponsor them here in the u.s. that's the only way. we want these exceptional students and workers to stay and flourish and thrive in america. [applause] as a result of our rules, the annual green card flow is mostly low-wage and low scaled. newcomers compete for jobs against the most vulnerable americans and put pressure on our social safety net and generous well for welfare programs. 12% of legal immigrants are selected based on skill or merit. in countries like canada,
australia and new zealand and others, that number is closer to 60 and even 70 and 75% in some cases. the biggest change we make is to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12% to 57% and we'd like to even see if we can go higher. [applause] this will bring us in line with other countries and make us globally competitive. at the same time, we prioritize the immediate family of no americans, spouses and children, loved ones, you chills choose to build a life with. we have to do that. they go right to the front of the line. [applause] to the front of the line where they should be.
america's last major, legal admissions policy was 54 years ago. so a major update and that's what this is. merit system and a heart system is long overdue. the millions of legal immigrants who have come to america over the past half-century are now cherished members of our national family. going forward -- [applause] it is in just to adopt a green card system that promotes a rising standard of living for all of our citizens. three and four new jobs at the end of last year linked to
americans previously out of the workforce. our economy is better probably than it ever has been in the history of our country. [applause] because of that great economy, we are able to do things that nobody ever thought possible before. that's what we are going to do for immigration finally. wages are rising but our current immigration system works at cross purposes racing downward pressure on the wages for the working class. that's what we don't want to do. last year, we also passed historic criminal justice reform. [applause] we had tremendous bipartisan from democrat to republicans, conservatives, liberals, we can also use the word progressives, a new word that's come about.
americans with criminal records are getting a second chance of life in higher numbers than ever before. unfortunately, the current immigration rules allow foreign workers to substitute for america's seeking entry level jobs. one workers are coming in and taking the jobs that would normally go to american workers. america's immigration system should bring in people who will expand opportunity for striving low income americans, not to compete with the low income americans. [applause] our proposal fulfills our duty to those living here today while ensuring america remains a welcoming country to immigrants
joining us tomorrow. we want immigrants coming in, we cherish the open door that we want to create for our country but a big proportion of those immigrants must come in through merit and skill. [applause] the white house plans makes no change to the number of green cards allocated each year. instead of admitting people through random chance, we will establish simple universal criteria for admission to the u.s. no matter where in the world you are born, no matter who your relatives are, if you want to become an american citizen, it would be clear exactly what standard we ask you to achieve. it will be made crystal clear.
[applause] this will increase the diversity of immigration flows into our country. we will replace the existing green card categories with a new visa, tilt america visa. it's what we all want to hear. [applause] like canada and so many other modern countries, we create easy to navigate points based selection system. 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 an offer of employment and advanced education for a plan to create
jobs. we lose people that want to start companies and in many cases, they are forced to leave our country, go back usually to the country where they came from and they'll start up companies and some of the companies are among the biggest and most successful companies today in the world, they could have started them right here in the u.s. where they wanted to do it in the first place. now they'll have a chance. [applause] i will also give priority to higher weight workers ensuring we never undercut american flavor. to protect american benefits to american citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient. finally, to promote integration,
assimilation national unity, future immigrants will be required to learn english and pass a civics exam prior to admission. [applause] through these steps, we will deliver immigration system that respects and strengthens our culture, traditions and values. four months ago, i had the honor of participating in a swearing in ceremony for new americans right here in the oval office. it was a beautiful reminder that american citizenship is the most precious gift our nation has to offer. when we swear in new citizens, we do more than give them a permit. we give them a history, a carriage, a home and a future of
limitless possibilities and potential. our nation used to pride ourselves on this capacity. our unique ability to instill spirit of american into any human heart, into any human being. many of the democrats have claimed to be for these concepts at different times in their careers. and in many cases, in very recent history. i hope they will end up joining me and all of the people gathered together today in putting politics aside, putting security and wages first and pursuing these historic reforms. it is time. [applause]
and if for some reason, possibly political, we can't get the democrats to approve this merit-based high security plan, we will get it approved immediately after the election when we take back the house, keep the senate and hold the presidents in. [applause] [applause] >> thank you. thank you very much. wouldn't it be nice to do it sooner than that? [laughter] it's not a very long time. sixteen months. one of the reasons we will win is because of our strong chair and pro- american immigration policy. it's time to restore our