AP: Trump pushes immigration plan favoring ‘merit’ over family

President Donald Trump speaks at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

May 16, 2019
ZEKE MILLER, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN

President Donald Trump speaks at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Safu Abdulhakim, who was born in Ethiopia, stands next to an American flag after she was granted her citizenship in the United States at a naturalization ceremony, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders, left, joins Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, an ally of President Donald Trump, as Graham announces his proposal to revamp laws that affect Central American migrants seeking asylum to enter the U.S., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Donald Trump speaks at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., an ally of President Donald Trump, is joined by Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders, left, as he announces his proposal to revamp laws that affect the increase of Central American migrants seeking asylum to enter the U.S., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., an ally of President Donald Trump, announces his proposal to revamp laws that affect the increase of Central American migrants seeking asylum to enter the U.S., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Fidel Tapia, of Mexico, waits to receive his citizenship in the United States at a naturalization ceremony, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Thursday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, “totally brilliant,” high-skilled workers he says won’t compete for American jobs.

Trump’s sweeping immigration plan is more a campaign document than anything else. It’s a White House attempt to stretch beyond the “build-the-wall” rhetoric that swept the president to office but may not be enough to deliver him a second term. As Trump heads into reelection season, his campaign sees the plan as a way to help him look more reasonable on a signature issue than he often seems — and to cast Democrats as blocking him.

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Trump pushes immigration plan favoring ‘merit’ over family
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Trump pushes immigration plan favoring ‘merit’ over family
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Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Thursday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, “totally brilliant,” high-skilled workers he says won’t compete for American jobs.