Trump’s immigration plan, another 2020 Democrat, ‘Big Bang’: 5 things you need to know Thursday

Trump to introduce his new immigration system to the public

In a speech Thursday, President Donald Trump will propose a new immigration system that gives preference to high-skilled immigrants such as scientists and engineers. But the plan deals only with legal immigration, not the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. or the roughly 3.6 million “Dreamers” who were illegally brought into the country as minors. Developed by senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, the plan is designed to create a “merit-based” point system for people seeking to enter the U.S. and move away from the mostly family-based system in place today. Trump is still tied up in numerous legal battles with Congress after the publication of the redacted Mueller Report, but he has, for the most part, moved on and is relitigating immigration and several other contentious policy battles that could shape his reelection effort. 

While speaking at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, President Trump vowed to do "whatever it takes" to stop illegal immigrants.

And Bill de Blasio expected to make 23 for the Democrats

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to be the latest Democrat to jump in the 2020 presidential race and he will make his announcement on Thursday morning, according to several reports. “Good Morning America” tweeted that the mayor and his wife will be on the show. De Blasio will be the 23rd person to join the crowded Democratic field and he won’t even be the first person this week to join the race as Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday he will be running. It’s worth noting the overwhelming majority of de Blasio’s constituents said last month they were against him joining the 2020 field. According to a Quinnipiac poll published in April, 76% of New York City voters said they would not want De Blasio to run for president. 

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