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  • Associated Press: President Donald Trump speaks about modernizing the immigration system in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday in Washington.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:48 pm

Trump lays out new 'modern' immigration plan

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is laying out a new immigration plan to persuade the public and lawmakers that the U.S. legal migration system needs to be overhauled.

Trump, speaking Thursday in the Rose Garden, said his plan aims to create a "fair, modern and lawful system of immigration for the United States."

He said: "It's about time."

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

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