Washington: It quite rare occasion when American President Donald Trump appreciates Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau policies for countries. However, this rare occasion arrived when US President Donald Trump expressed his admiration for Canada’s immigration system and even asked his officials to set a proposed plan that functions in similar ways.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, is expected to present a new immigration reform proposal to the president this week, with a key principle that it would include a "merit-based" model.
In 2018, Trump said, “I think we should have merit-based immigration like they have in Canada, like they have in Australia, so we have people coming in that have a good track record.”
Canada does not term their immigration system as ‘merit-based’. They use ‘point-based’ or one that considers ‘skilled workers’. It was implemented in Canada in 1967. Australia modelled its version on Canada's in 1989.
However, both the country’s scenario is different from each other. What positive aspects it has brought to Canada is not necessary that it will bring the same to the USA.
Jared Krusher has said that the plan is meant to be a bipartisan pitch to control illegal immigration, and would have a program for guest workers to do agricultural and seasonal work, measures to improve trade flow, and a proposal for merit-based immigration.