President Donald Trump on Thursday will unveil a new immigration proposal that would move the United States toward a more merit-based system and boost border security — and aimed at countering the notion that he is anti-immigrant.
Notably, the plan would not change the overall number of immigrants allowed in the U.S. legally — only attempt to change the composition of immigration. Nor would it address the illegal immigration population, an issue Trump has controversially railed about for years.
Trump will deliver the broad outlines of the offering, drafted largely by the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, on Thursday afternoon at the White House.
“During the last couple years I’ve heard a lot of people try to explain the president’s immigration policy,” said a senior White House official. “And a lot of what people say is not reflective of what he says to his team and to us. What we have put together is the president’s immigration policy.”