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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 - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Pompeo becomes first top US diplomat to visit Israeli settlement, labels boycotts anti-Semitic NYT's Bruni suggests Ivanka Trump, Kushner move to North Korea or Saudi Arabia 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 TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report 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 LeeMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus MORE (Utah), John CornynJohn CornynCornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Cornyn on Biden aides' undisclosed ties: 'The Senate is not obligated to confirm anyone who hides this information' Cornyn says election outcome 'becoming increasingly clear': report MORE (Texas) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamIs Trump headed to another campaign or to a courtroom? Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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.