GOP pollster says Trump immigration plan is campaign proposal for independents

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE's recently announced immigration proposal is designed to attract independents for 2020, Republican pollster B.J. Martino said in an interview that aired Wednesday on Hill.TV.

"I think this immigration proposal, as I said, is a campaign document," Martino, a partner at the Tarrance Group, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"They are proposing keeping the level of immigration overall the same, which to the president's base and some of those on the anti-immigration side wanted to see that number come down, at least in a nominal way. And they refused to in this document," he said.

"The things that they put forward here they know are unacceptable to the left, and to the House," Martino added. "Nothing is going to get out that looks like this president's bill, but he's talking to those independent voters here saying, 'We need to have a higher educated immigrant with more job skills who can integrate into this new modern new economy that we have.'"

Trump rolled out what he called a merit-based immigration plan earlier this month. The proposal favors highly skilled workers over migrants with family members living in the U.S.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP MORE (D-Calif.) said the plan would be "dead on arrival" in the Democratic-controlled House, adding that the plan was “not a remotely serious proposal."

— Julia Manchester