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President Donald Trump has released a proposal for legislation to secure the border and reform the immigration system to put America first, but he hasn’t provided details yet on how he intends to achieve those objectives.
At the very least, he is going to have to solve the following problems.

The visa program for making American companies more competitive globally won’t work

According to Trump, 66 percent of legal immigrants are admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States. Only 12 percent are selected on the basis of skill or merit. Increasing the proportion of highly skilled immigrants from 12 to 57 percent would bring us in line with what other countries are doing and make America more competitive globally.

The increase should be based on an evaluation of the need for more highly skilled immigrant visas.

Even if we assume that the 57 percent increase is based on such an evaluation, employment needs are not static. They go up and down. If the proposed increase permits employers to hire the highly skilled immigrants they need now, they shouldn’t need as many next year. But they might need twice as many five years from now.

The only way to ensure that American employers will have the highly skilled immigrants they need is to establish a flexible, needs-based system that raises or lowers the number of visas each year on the basis of an evaluation of current needs.

His new visa system also should include a program for phasing out the need for foreign workers so that Americans can take the jobs we are giving now to people from other countries.

The immigrants are needed because there aren’t enough highly skilled Americans. The solution is to encourage and assist Americans to get the training and education they need to do the highly skilled work.

Read more at https://thehill.com/opinion/immigrat...ation-proposal

Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.