President Trump is pushing forward with his promise to take a harder line on legal as well as illegal immigration, endorsing on Wednesday a Senate proposal to slash the number of foreigners admitted to the United States while favoring those with certain education levels and skills.
Although the proposal would not quite mean the “biggest change in 50 years” to the immigration system, as Trump described it, its provisions would upend decades of policy and fundamentally challenge the nation’s openness to immigrants as symbolized by the Statue of Liberty.
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The bill faces dim prospects in Congress, however. Nearly all Democrats and a sizable number of Republicans are opposed. But Trump’s embrace of the legislation, from Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia,
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