On the day that President Donald Trump is set to first show off his new immigration policy plan, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) proclaimed that the U.S. needs immigration laws that “look like somebody designed the things on purpose.”
During a Thursday appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Kennedy — the junior senator from Louisiana serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee — was pressed on what “both parties can agree on” when it came to fixing U.S. immigration laws.
Kennedy replied saying that he “hop[ed]” that the two parties could come to an agreement that the country needs immigration policies that “look like somebody designed these things on purpose.”
The Louisiana Republican continued on to say that he looked forward to reading Trump’s full policy proposal and that he liked what he had heard about it so far before stating that Congress is “part of the problem.”
“Part of the problem is that there are people in Washington, D.C., in positions of power to whom the border is just a nuisance. And I think some of them believe that illegal immigration is a moral good. And it’s not, it undermines legal immigration.”
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“The president’s trying to fix it long-term,” added Kennedy. “And, again, I want to read the bill, but we need a system that looks like someone designed it on purpose.”
Kennedy pointed to Canada’s merit-based immigration system as one that the nation could emulate instead of the U.S.’s lottery-based immigration system, which the Louisiana senator likened to a game of “bingo.”
President Trump is set to unveil his new immigration plan, the Build America Visa system, which would reportedly focus on letting in more immigrants based on work skills while decreasing the number of immigrants allowed into the country through family ties.