On August 2, 2017, President Trump, along with Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia introduced a new immigration bill that would take away the focus from family reunification and institute a merits-based system.
The proposal would cut legal immigration in half. The proposed system, similar to Canada and Australia, would favor granting legal permanent residency to foreign nationals who are highly skilled, highly educated and speak English, rather than based on family relationships. The points would be calculated based on the following categories:
- English ability;
- Job Offer;
- Nobel Prize;
- Olympian; and
The Irish Times contacted Attorney Foley to get his opinion on President Trump’s proposal.
“I don’t think it has a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming law,” says Boston-based immigration attorney John Foley, whose four grandparents were from Co Galway. “
For more information and to read more of Attorney Foley’s opinion, please visit https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/snowball-s-chance-in-hell-of-us-immigration-bill-passing-1.3175928