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Chairman Paul Simpson Discusses the President's Common-sense Immigration Plan on KHOU


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President Trump's new immigration plan hits home with Houston-area residents

It’s an issue that hits home in Houston where city numbers show roughly one out of every four residents is foreign-born.

KHOU 11 News Houston
By Adam Bennett
May 16, 2019

HOUSTON — The merit-based immigration plan unveiled by President Donald Trump on Thursday is drawing a reaction in Houston from officials, community leaders and people directly affected. 

Under the president’s proposal, the system would assign points based on an immigrant’s specific skills, education, income level and if they speak English. The current system awards green cards mainly based on family connections and a lottery.

It’s an issue that hits home in Houston where city numbers show roughly one out of every four residents is foreign-born.

People on both sides of this issue say they want immigrants to be able to come to Houston, improve their lives and make the region a better place. However, they disagree on who should be allowed in and how.

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Paul Simpson, Chair of the Harris County Republican Party, favors President Trump’s merit-based immigration plan. 

“I think it’s a common-sense solution for those who care about America,” Simpson said. “I think it’s a much better plan that’s gonna treat immigrants much more humanely, make them fully American, and be part of the American dream and do it the right way.”

Simpson believes President Trump’s plan would also cut down on crime like the recent alleged marriage fraud case in Houston.

Simpson said although the proposal does not address DACA, he believes “perfect’s the enemy of the good."

Many lawmakers acknowledge President Trump’s plan faces an uphill battle in Congress.

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