Kushner saying immigration plan will be 'neutral' on legal admissions: report

Kushner saying immigration plan will be 'neutral' on legal admissions: report
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White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE has reportedly told associates that a plan to reform the U.S. immigration system he is working on will not affect the overall number of legal admissions into the United States.

Axios reported Wednesday that Kushner has told people involved with the effort that his plan will be "neutral" on overall immigration levels, and will seek to reduce the number of immigrants coming in due to family relationships while increasing the number of high-skilled immigrants admitted for work visas.

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Multiple sources told the news outlet that Kushner said the plan will address issues such as visa overstays and seasonal workers, and that he hopes to present the plan to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE in the form of legislation in the coming days.

Kushner has also enlisted the White House Council of Economic Advisers to study the plan and "make sure the plan has positive effects on GDP [gross domestic product] growth and wage growth," according to one person familiar with the efforts.

Some Republican senators including Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' The 8 Republicans who voted to curb Trump's Iran war powers MORE (Utah), John CornynJohn CornynSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Booker, Cornyn introduce bill to fund school nutrition programs Three Senate primaries to watch on Super Tuesday MORE (Texas) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk MORE (S.C.) have been briefed on the most important details of the plan, Axios noted, adding that most GOP lawmakers remain in the dark about what the bill will contain.

The president has pushed Congress to act on immigration for months, citing the growing number of apprehensions along the U.S. southern border of migrants suspected of crossing the border illegally.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief Kevin McAleenan said last month that his agency is at a "breaking point."

“Two weeks ago, I briefed the media and testified in Congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point. That breaking point has arrived this week at our border," McAleenan said in late March.

"CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our southwest border and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso,” he added.