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Border security, green card changes drive new Trump proposal

WASHINGTON — A new immigration proposal from President Donald Trump focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system.

The shift would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.

Trump is scheduled to roll out the plan Thursday afternoon at the White House. Democrats are already criticizing the effort, and some Republicans have reservations as well.

The plan as previewed doesn’t address what to do about the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children — a top priority for Democrats. Nor does it reduce overall rates of immigration, as many conservative Republicans would like to see.