The land of the brave and home of the free is the most prized destination for Indian immigrants. After the recent fracas over immigration, US President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address earlier this week focussed on a plan to push for meritbased immigration system, ending the visa lottery programme and limiting family-based migration. All this comes as music to the ears of thousands of skilled Indians, waiting on what seem endless queues for green cards.
“It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country,” Trump said. Later, on Thursday, an official communication from the White House further insisted that the time had come to enact common-sense reforms to base immigration on individual merit and skill.
“The flood of low-skilled immigrants into the US has suppressed wages, harmed American workers and strained federal resources,” the White House said as it defended Trump’s proposal for a meritbased immigration system.