President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE on Friday indicated plans to change policies for visa holders, tweeting that a "path to citizenship" for H-1B holders was potentially possible under his administration.

In a tweet posted as the president returned from his trip the day before to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump declared that the U.S. desires to see "talented and highly skilled people" immigrate to the U.S. and pursue careers.

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"H1-B [sic] holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship," Trump said.

"We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.," he continued.

 

The H-1B system, which allows U.S. companies to hire temporary foreign workers to fill needs not met by the U.S. workforce, is not intended as a permanent path to citizenship for immigrants coming to the United States.

Immigration reform has been a centerpiece of the Trump administration.

The president has battled Democrats in Congress for weeks over his proposed border wall. He has demanded $5.7 billion to construct the wall, and the federal government has been partially shut down for weeks over his demands. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in funding for border security measures.

The partial shutdown, which affects about a quarter of the federal government, reached its 21st day on Friday, with no end in sight.