Brett Samuels, The Hill, April 23, 2019
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said Tuesday that he’s preparing an immigration plan to present to President Trump in the coming days.
Kushner said at Time magazine’s Time 100 Summit that he’s put together “a very detailed proposal” that encompasses three major themes: improving border security, moving toward a so-called merit-based system and maintaining “our country’s humanitarian values.”
Kushner said the border security aspect would look at using physical barriers and technology to “keep illegal goods and keep out people who are coming in illegally while also facilitating trade and the flow of legal people as quickly and as efficiently as possible.”
Kushner added that he’d like to see the U.S. immigration system give more weight to economic qualifications as opposed to family connections. He cited Canada and Australia as models for this approach.
The third point, he said, is that the administration would aim to “maintain our country’s humanitarian values.”
The White House endured intense criticism last year after it implemented a policy that led to the separation of thousands of migrant families that crossed the border illegally.
Kushner claimed the pitch has the support of multiple factions in the White House, including hard-liner Stephen Miller, who has been behind the administration’s efforts to curb the flow of immigrants into the country and a recent leadership shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security.
The president’s son-in-law and adviser disputed that he and Miller have fought over the issue.