Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and the senior adviser has been working on a proposal that could increase the number of low and high skilled workers admitted to the country annually.
Trump has been supportive of legal immigrants but they should be highly skilled in order to maintain the economic superiority of U.S. The business community backs this point. Kushner started making these efforts in January as he started to convene a series of meetings with many advocates, including business and agricultural organizations.
This effort has been continued in recent weeks with a smaller four-person White House working group led by Kushner and could possibly generate a proposal for Congress this summer.
“The president must remember that he was elected to implement an immigration system that serves national interests, not business interests,” said RJ Hauman, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, whose president attended a meeting with Kushner.
“Aplan to increase overall immigration is nothing more than a handout to businesses so they don’t have to compete for American workers and raise wages.”Whereas, FAIR released a new online ad Friday urging Trump to not be influenced by the Koch brothers.
Business groups have also pushed for additional permanent slots for immigrants coming to the United States, saying the demand has increased since the unemployment rate has fallen and companies have struggled to fill jobs. By comparison, federal officials estimate they apprehended 100,000immigrants crossing the border illegally in March. About 12 million immigrants are estimated to be in the United States illegally now.
The White House has been divided on immigration throughout Trump’spresidency between Miller’s hard-line camp, which largely reflects Trump’sviews, and others — including Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump — who hold more moderate positions.