Trump planning to ease immigration restrictions on skilled workers as wall battle rages

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Policy wonks in pro-business think tanks across Washington probably wet their pants Friday morning when President Trump hinted that an immigration policy that many of them have long advocated for could soon become a reality.

In a tweet, Trump said changes are coming to US immigration policy that would simplify the application process and clear a “pathway to citizenship” for H1-B visa holders – a cohort of workers, including doctors and software engineers, who are highly educated and work in highly specialized industries.

Trump has long claimed that he wants a larger share of immigrants coming to the US to consist of skilled workers. And by making it easier for skilled workers to stay and settle in the US, he can simultaneously placate Democrats and pro-business Republicans.

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