Trump's "merit-based" immigration plan likely to face opposition in Congress

  • Published on May 16, 2019
  • President Trump is proposing an overhaul to the U.S. immigration system that would replace the current green card process with one based on "merit" points. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joins CBSN to break down the plan that's likely to face backlash in Congress.

Comments • 293

  • Habibur Rahman
    Habibur Rahman 3 days ago

    Common not even a republican

  • Tin Nguyen
    Tin Nguyen 28 days ago

    he want to make America a great labor concentration camp

  • Chaos Byte Ltd
    Chaos Byte Ltd 28 days ago

    It's not possible to immigrate like to canada or european countries at the moment anyways, that's why you have so many illegals

  • Roach Boy
    Roach Boy Month ago

    Can't you tell no one like you

  • Roeuth
    Roeuth 3 months ago

    I bet you’re the type that disown your child if they are born with disabilities too. Funny how many people that watch msnbc are just as bad as Trump is.

  • Elsie H Martinez
    Elsie H Martinez 3 months ago +1

    This plan will be bad for other countries losing their best aka brain drain. It’s good for 🇺🇸 aka MAGA

    • Phernoza Espinoza
      Phernoza Espinoza 3 months ago

      @ELSIE H Martinez - L.O.L …………. it will be a win win situation more educated people in the sh*t -hole countries will be incline to stay in their home countries of origin.

  • jerry giovengo
    jerry giovengo 4 months ago

    Do it

  • Kay M
    Kay M 4 months ago +8

    People educated in US universities with highest degrees should be given priority. It makes sense

  • leon uy
    leon uy 4 months ago

    This merit-based immigration reform is being used in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and it works.

    • Fisher 33
      Fisher 33 3 months ago

  • Andrew Herman
    Andrew Herman 4 months ago

    ya think? why should we bring in performers when we can, instead, bring in thieves, drug addicts, & killers? by the thousands? Sounds like a Commiecrat plan to me.

  • Andrew Herman
    Andrew Herman 4 months ago

    ya think? why should we bring in performers when we can, instead, bring in thieves, drug addicts, & killers? by the thousands? Sounds like a Commiecrat plan to me.

  • Andrew Herman
    Andrew Herman 4 months ago

    ya think? why should we bring in performers when we can, instead, bring in thieves, drug addicts, & killers? by the thousands? Sounds like a Commiecrat plan to me.

  • Andrew Herman
    Andrew Herman 4 months ago

    ya think? why should we bring in performers when we can, instead, bring in thieves, drug addicts, & killers? by the thousands? Sounds like a Commiecrat plan to me.

  • Coffy Mix
    Coffy Mix 6 months ago

    President Trump would get opposition in congress if he said "Good Morning" the dem party swore they would oppose anything or anyone even mentioned by President Trump

  • Ronald Harback
    Ronald Harback 6 months ago +1

    Sandeep. Or what? trump will have his Armed White Supremacists come over and beat them up? The president is just running another con and all you republicans are buying into it! trump and Barr are NOT above the Law! We are quickly losing our Democracy and all you republicans have sold out your Country.

  • Ronald Harback
    Ronald Harback 6 months ago +2

    Trump's secret plan of dealing with the border problem is to inslave all illegals atrump has and send them to his property's to work. Trump says now that he cannot afford pay wages to citizen's. trump has now declared Democracy is now dead!

  • Parslow Pongbert
    Parslow Pongbert 6 months ago +1

    There’s nothing wrong with merit based immigration, but refugees are a separate issue. If you can genuinely claim you would not want refuge if you and your family ever required it, perhaps one day you will need to flee Trump’s skull emblazoned secret police, then you must oppose Trump

  • Gery M
    Gery M 6 months ago +5

    Blind leader of blinds. he cannot even see the beam in his own eye but he
    wants to remove the straw in the eye of others; well let us break it
    down for him. His wife Melania has no qualification when she came and
    until this day, she could not speak English and still cannot, she will
    fail the test that they are suggesting to introduce. she has brought her
    family in the US and they also do not speak English. if we are looking
    for highly qualified people who speak English who want to immigrate to
    the US, we will have Indian, Pakistani, Nigerians and African engineers
    and doctors, nurses and PhD holders. it is just like Hitler who wanted
    a superior race of white with blue eyes and blond hair and he himself
    did not have blue eyes nor blond hair. How can people be so blinded by
    their hate and not see that they and their family do not meet their own
    criteria they are setting. If he applies his own criteria all his
    ex-wives and his current wife and their family will not qualify for that
    merit based immigration.

  • Boathousejoe D
    Boathousejoe D 6 months ago

    How about merit based to stay here?Oh,bye,bye Donnie.

  • johnson rewan
    johnson rewan 6 months ago

    He will change it now

  • Debasish Chatterjee
    Debasish Chatterjee 6 months ago


  • M
    M 6 months ago +1

    Immigrants from Norway are probably college educated and more ready to assimilate than a person from Haiti who will probably have nothing to offer but manual labor.

  • Winston Dutchin
    Winston Dutchin 6 months ago

    Canada has the points system so what weasel? there are changes in the country and change must be made.

  • Sharon Watson
    Sharon Watson 6 months ago

    Democrats don’t want to fix our broken immigration laws because they need victims to pander to. Democrats depend on a dumbed down society to stay in power. Informed intelligent thinking people never fall for the Democrats BS. Democrats have been taken over by the open borders communist NWO and have nothing positive to offer. President Trump is keeping his promises and putting America first. We must send President Trump reinforcements to help him when he wins in another landslide in 2020. Q the truth.

  • archisaurus
    archisaurus 6 months ago

    Democrats want votes. They exchange benefits and subsidies for votes. They will oppose this because they want to continue low skilled chain immigration for......votes.

  • Manuela Gabathuler
    Manuela Gabathuler 6 months ago

    I agree with Mr.President.It’s not normal for shopkeepers not to speak English.When I go on vacation in the United States,I go into a store and start talking to myself in Spanish,I ask my husband if we are in South America. It’s disgusting.Here in Europe if you want to work harder than knowing how to speak English. Mainly in shops,Hotels,Bars and Restaurants.

  • epic103
    epic103 6 months ago +2

    Of course the democrats are gonna oppose it, they don't want to fix our broken immigration system. Thank god we have a President that's trying to do something. Congress are a bunch of cowards.

    • Power corrupts
      Power corrupts 5 months ago

      I don't think Republicans are sending us their best.
      Perhaps some sort of merit based system based on having a soul and a fully functioning brain.

    • epic103
      epic103 6 months ago

      @Brian Neal - that's stupid. Illegal immigration is out of control and it has been for the last 30 years.
      Conservativly we have between 20 and 30 million illegals in this country. It should have never been allowed to happen.
      Congress are a bunch of cowards. It's their fault, not Trump.

    • Brian Neal
      Brian Neal 6 months ago

      trump broke the system by crying about the wall, illegal immigration was on a decline during the pass administrations , OBAMA had billboards and radio commercials thru our central america , to discourage people from coming here, but with trumps crying about the wall it cause more people to panic to hurry up to get here before the wall is built , the same as American rush to a going out of business sale , rushing to get a good deal before the doors are closed.

  • Millard
    Millard 6 months ago +6

    That is what all other countries are doing. Thats completely sane and logical.

  • Merly’s World
    Merly’s World 6 months ago

    No one that’s doing really good in their country will want to come to the united state when some Americans want to leave here💀poor people come here because they are really going through it and they are the ones who works harder then some of y’all but y’all blame it on immigrants smh

  • Bruce Hendrickson
    Bruce Hendrickson 6 months ago

    Democrats protecting there voter base. Does the law matter? I break the law I'm held accountable. Double standard . Yes more free cheese.oh that's right raise taxes .yes more government.

  • adam shortnacy
    adam shortnacy 6 months ago

    The left want only the poorest. The dumbest. The most needy of humans in the planet that is the poor souls in which you can mold and shape into whatever mindless voting sucker you want them to be.

  • Ashley Hartford
    Ashley Hartford 6 months ago

    Yeah look what German send trump and his stupid family

  • Ashley Hartford
    Ashley Hartford 6 months ago

    They had the house the senate in the white house for 2 years why not do it then when he knew he had the support

  • Ashley Hartford
    Ashley Hartford 6 months ago +2

    Is not gonna pass the house
    If it dies in the house that's the end of it I don't know why he's wasting his time

  • Rebel
    Rebel 6 months ago

    Trump has my vote #walkaway. Corrupt lying democrats

  • Andrew Herman
    Andrew Herman 6 months ago

    The Democrats want a Socialist take-down of this country. So, naturally, they don't want control at the southern border.

  • Andrew Herman
    Andrew Herman 6 months ago

    The Democrats want a Socialist take-down of this country. So, naturally, they don't want control at the southern border.

  • Vishnoo Lama
    Vishnoo Lama 6 months ago

    U word is in Bharat it's opposite

  • Mary Czarnik
    Mary Czarnik 6 months ago

    Congress care more about illegals and give them freebies as soon as they cross than the homeless people on the streets.

    • Adam Fierro
      Adam Fierro 6 months ago

      Congress doesn't give illegals freebies. You're statement is abjectly false. If you care about being accurate you should bother to do a minimum amount of research. If you don't care about being accurate, keep on keeping on, we're all used to conservatives blindly repeating dump's farting points --

  • Cecilia Norris
    Cecilia Norris 6 months ago +16

    His plan is common sense, so if Congress doesn't back it, they need to be voted out!

  • Damin Mance
    Damin Mance 6 months ago +4

    Immigration isn't our biggest problem in America is the police🚔i would feel more safe with out them

  • D. Moore
    D. Moore 6 months ago

    Sounds like a great rational plan, the dem's will hate it, they're more into continuing to take America down like obozo did for 8 years.

  • Raymond Kidwell
    Raymond Kidwell 6 months ago

    America is not the country my parents grew up in. We used to celebrate our abilities, now we celebrate our disabilities. We used to believe in hard work and following the law. Now we praise the "victims" and snow flakes of this world while giving all the benefits to wall street. Someone like Trump proposes common sense reforms and everybody opposes it. I say we do a lottery system where you buy a ticket for $1 and if you win they give you citizenship to Norway and a plane ticket out of this third world dump.

  • Carol
    Carol 6 months ago

    I love the idea of merit-based people, what's wrong with that,? why do we have only poor people coming here that don't have anything to offer, that will be a burden to all Americans? What do you have to say about that, CBS? You Fake News, keep telling us what we want but what we want is what Trump is offering, the people have spoken!!!

  • Debasish Chatterjee
    Debasish Chatterjee 6 months ago


  • Matthew Roy
    Matthew Roy 6 months ago +2

    Let's get a president based on merit

  • Micah Smith
    Micah Smith 6 months ago

    I have a friend from Canada and I had asked her years ago about the Merit Based Immigration System and when she explained what it was, it actually made sense. Canada is one of the most admired countries on the planet. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The European Union, and The United Kingdom all use that same system and it works. I also saw that we here in the United States had it in the 1950's and before and then for some unknown reason got rid of it. I mean it seems to be the most straight forward and fair method on the books. There is no gray area if you meet the requirements and have the required amount of points then you qualify and if you don't then you don't qualify. So I actually agree with this method and think we need to go back to this method. So if the congress blocks it then that just confirms that they are the biggest part of the problem.

  • Lydia Strutz
    Lydia Strutz 6 months ago +5

    Bravo for our President! Canada,New Zealand and Australia have same system !!!! In God We trust!

  • mark price
    mark price 6 months ago

    What do the democrats offer? Nothing. All they push is for amnesty. Every attempt to slow down or stop the flow of illegals is met with lawsuits,grandstanding by democrats while they offer nothing to change anything..

    • mark price
      mark price 6 months ago

      @Adam Fierro Please don't try and school me on immigration as I am old enough to have been around for the last one under Reagen that was supposed to end the problem of illegals just coming over. If you look at any attempt over that time period,the sticking point for any movement is the democrats always demand amnesty and then we will deal with the broken border. This is a fact. Go research the McCain/Kennedy Comprehensive plan that was pushed in the 90's and see what went down. At every news conference,then and today,the democrats talking points will always start with" we need to have a larger discussion on comprehensive immigration and by now we all know that means amnesty first. Today they demand(just heard nancy say this about trumps plan yesterday) that it contains NOTHING ABOUT DACA... They know republicans won't concede to any amnesty plan first,so they pretend to care,pretend to offer a fix,pretend they want to solve the problem and they are simply lying. The number of illegas coming over in the last year is record breaking back to many years ago.We know about those who are here overstaying their visa's---it's the dumbest argument ever...makes me sick to hear one more person use that insane "the wall won't solve those who are here overstaying visas" like we just can't do anything at all. We let in over 1 million a year legally,and that is enough.You are the one who needs educating about the problem. If you were really concerned,you'd leave the lying democrat party like I did years ago.

    • Adam Fierro
      Adam Fierro 6 months ago

      This statement is incorrect. You watch too much faux news. Conservatives, during the Obama administration, would troll anything the president said about immigration reform with the "a" word. Amnesty. If you care -- and I'm assuming you don't but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt -- but the "flow of illegals" has been happening for the last 20 years. Immigration has decreased EVERY YEAR. It's a fraction of what it was 20 years ago, and the vast majority of new illegal aliens are people who are already here and stay after their visas expire. If you're basing your opinions about immigrants on some idea that they are pouring across the border and only the dotard can see the crisis that democrats ignore, you could not be more wrong or more mistaken. It's a lie. Just one of the over 9,000 that the idiot in chief has told you since taking office. Do you like being lied to? Is that what you want in your leader? If you think there's any value, however small, in having a president who doesn't lie about everything, constantly, even when he doesn't have to, even when his lies have been debunked countless time, then take a second to look into it for yourself --

  • Ali Liv
    Ali Liv 6 months ago +8

    Norway is one of the top country in the world so why would they leave and migrate to America what is the appeal for them to do so

    • Power corrupts
      Power corrupts 5 months ago

      The orange one just doesn't understand.
      People come here for a better life.
      And all of us are better because of them.

    • Fayt Strife
      Fayt Strife 5 months ago +1

      Well plenty of Nigerians, Indians, Pakistani's, Chinese, and Kenyans would jump at the chance.

  • Zinxeb Zinxeb
    Zinxeb Zinxeb 6 months ago

    'Best and brightest' from other countries. Hmm...that will leave the neocon's base doing all of the agricultural work...for 'right to work' wages.

    • T WE
      T WE 6 months ago

      @Zinxeb Zinxeb analogies based on anomalies will always be available, but overall a merit based immigration will help the economy and Americans. Also what do you think is going to happen to liberals, they have jobs to genius. This fantasy you're living in where only neocons would be hurt is ridiculous.

    • Zinxeb Zinxeb
      Zinxeb Zinxeb 6 months ago

      @T WE I recall, a few years ago, where a company hired skilled, legal foreign workers and required the American workers to train them before they were laid off or lose their compensation packages. There was a big stink in the papers about it and some of the workers were suing the company. Can't recall the details after all this time, but stuff like that does happen. If a corporation can move overseas to save money, they will. If they can't they will look for the cheapest labor they can find or import. No union to protect the American workers anymore. Free market economics means that a corporation will prioritize it's 'bottom line' over the job security of the American worker. If they can save an extra couple of dollars an hour per worker, it adds up to substantial savings in the yearly shareholder's report. Anyway, Trump's base may even be out of luck in the agricultural sector. When he rounds up and deports all of the unskilled, exploited farm laborers, the farmers might just automate. Think they're doing that already.

    • T WE
      T WE 6 months ago

      @Zinxeb Zinxeb foreign skilled immigrants don't work cheaper, and part of the program would require then to have a job offering. Not take it from neocons. The reason illegal immigrants work for cheap wages is because they are coming from countries where a days work at minimum wage in the U.S. is what they would make in a month from their home countries, and because they are there illegally and can not sue to get minimum wage. That's not the case with skilled labor. This isn't theoretical, literally dozens of countries have merit based immigration systems, such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, South Korea, Hong Kong, and what you are predicting doesn't happen

    • Zinxeb Zinxeb
      Zinxeb Zinxeb 6 months ago

      @T WE I understood what you said, but you didn't get the meaning of my reply. Farmers use unskilled immigrants in their fields to care for and harvest their crops. Farms are usually located in red states. With no unskilled immigrants to exploit, farmers weill need another source of cheap labor. If foreign skilled workers can work cheaper than the neocon base in farming states, the 'good jobs' that the neocon base now have will be given to the skilled immigrants, relegating Trump's base to the fields. That's how the 'free market' works.

    • T WE
      T WE 6 months ago

      @Zinxeb Zinxeb at no point did you address anything I had said. If they are taking agricultural jobs because there are less low skilled immigrants, then it means they were working jobs that made less than agricultural jobs, or they were unemployed. Nobody is going to switch to jobs where they make less money.

  • Feanor
    Feanor 6 months ago

    Less Trump. More Andrew Yang.

    • Cesar Romero
      Cesar Romero 5 months ago +1

      I say more Trump and less whoever the f..k you are

    • Feanor
      Feanor 6 months ago

      Less Trump. More Andrew Yang.

    • D. Moore
      D. Moore 6 months ago +2

      TRUMP 2020

  • Jayson
    Jayson 6 months ago +17

    He has my vote in 2020. Skilled immigration will strengthen our country.

  • Bonnie Robinson
    Bonnie Robinson 6 months ago +1

    Trump is not serious about immigration. Americans who are not immigrant haters want the Dreamers to be given citizenship. We want families from South America and Mexico that are fleeing persecution, allowed to stay and prove their allegiance by a system that checks up on them. This should not be ICE because immigrants do not trust them. Ask communities sponsor these families helping them to adjust to their new country as they take citizenship classes and are trained for jobs that are needed. We expect that they will become citizens without harassment from white nationalists.

  • Total T
    Total T 6 months ago +2

    I would like it if our President could speak English. However, he is fluent in 🐂💩

    • Lee Everett
      Lee Everett 6 months ago +1

      Maybe you just can't understand him from your mental capabilities?

  • Goodguy TV
    Goodguy TV 6 months ago +5

    The bill will cover dreamers because language and education is already with the dreamers

  • Oakwise Reikja
    Oakwise Reikja 6 months ago +1

    Ethnic Nationalism OR BUST.

  • Oakwise Reikja
    Oakwise Reikja 6 months ago +1


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    Oakwise Reikja 6 months ago


  • Elephant In The Room
    Elephant In The Room 6 months ago +2

    Trying to make america more white and asian?

    • Fayt Strife
      Fayt Strife 5 months ago

      @Rebel ironically Nigeria has over 100 million English speakers and they are the most educated immigrant group in America.

    • Rebel
      Rebel 6 months ago

      Are you saying black and Brown people are dumb?

    • Danish Joshi
      Danish Joshi 6 months ago

      @MM M Asians (particularly indians) and Jews have highest median income in usa. Thus will gain most points in the point based immigration system.

    • MM M
      MM M 6 months ago

      Nope. Why you say this?