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How Trump’s appreciation for Canada, Australia’s merit-based immigration systems could be reflected in new executive order

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

As the saga of President Trump’s immigration policy continues, the U.S. watches and waits for a new executive order to be issued.

The White House had indicated that it would release the new order this week, but delayed the rollout after his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

Rumors are circulating about what might or might not be included in the new order after the previous one, which was unveiled in late January and barred entry to the U.S. to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, was temporarily stayed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals while legal arguments on the order’s constitutionality are made. In the meantime, President Trump has been lauding the merit-based immigration systems of countries like Canada and Australia, both tweeting about it and mentioning it during his address to Congress.

How do Australia and Canada’s merit-based immigration policies work? Could the system, or at least aspects of it, work in the U.S.? Will we see any policies from other countries’ immigration systems reflected in President Trump’s anticipated executive order?


Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today based in Miami; he tweets @alangomez

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