Donald Trump: Immigration plan will be ‘envy of world’

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Mr Trump, speaking from the Rose Garden, says his plan aims to create a “fair, modern and lawful system of immigration for the United States.”

“It’s about time,” he said.

The latest effort, spearheaded by Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation’s green card system so that it would favour people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.

Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner spearheaded the immigration reform. Picture: AFP

Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner spearheaded the immigration reform. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The plan is not yet embraced by his own party — let alone Democrats — and faces an uphill battle in Congress.

“Our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Mr Trump said at the White House.