President Trump’s immigration plan ends family migration

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump discussed the four pillars of his immigration proposal including an end to family-based migration, ending the green card lottery, increasing border control and creating a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

Trump is says he wants to agree to a bipartisan bill, but the two parties have not been able to find common ground. The first plan given to Trump only provided funding for the wall for a year, and he turned it down. Arizona State University Law Professor Angela Banks thinks the Democrats will draw the line at ending family migration.

“Family-based migration has been sort of the backbone of the American immigration system,” Banks says. “At this point of time 60 percent of immigrants come based on family relationships.”

Trump says he will be protecting the nuclear family by ending what he calls chain migration. An American citizen will be able to bring over their spouse and minor children and that’s it.

The green card lottery is for individuals who are from countries that don’t have a lot of immigrants in America. It’s also known as the diversity visa as it attempts to broaden the diversity in the country. Trump plans on replacing this with a merit-based system. Those who can show they are educated and have a set of skills will be able to apply for a green card.

Sponsor message:

In this segment:

Angela Banks: Law Professor, Arizona State University

Sponsor message:

Sign up to receive the Arizona PBS Insider

Get up-to-the-minute information about your favorite programs and learn more about Arizona PBS news and events.

'Live from Lincoln Center' presents Broadway's 'Stars in Concert'

Live from Lincoln Center Presents Stars in Concert: Leslie Odom, Jr.

Beginning April 20, join us for four Friday nights featuring some of musical theater's leading voices: Sutton Foster, Leslie Odom Jr., Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells.

'Death in Paradise' returns with a new season of island mysteries

Death in Paradise season 7 cast

Jack Mooney is settling into the sun-soaked idyll of Saint Marie, but he and the team are facing some fiendishly taxing cases. Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Arizona PBS celebrates the joy of reading with ‘The Great American Read’

The Great American Read

The new series and nationwide campaign ask readers to choose “America’s Best-Loved Book.”