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Jared Kushner. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

President Trump will give an immigration speech on Thursday afternoon and will begin to unveil the immigration proposal son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has spent months putting together, senior administration officials told reporters at the White House this afternoon.

Why it matters: The White House wants an immigration plan that can unite Republicans. It won't touch on so-called Dreamers or the undocumented immigrant population, which are important issues for Democrats. But even if the legislation goes nowhere in Congress, it'll give Trump something concrete to campaign on in 2020.

Between the lines: The legislation will change asylum processes, fund more border security and change who qualifies for a green card. Overall, the total number of green cards issued each year — roughly 1.1 million — will remain unchanged.

  • By the numbers: Administration officials claimed that the system would result in an increase of $500 billion in tax revenue by 2029, due to more immigrants who are likely to be employed in well-paid jobs.
The legal immigration system

Employment and skill-based visas would make up 57% of green cards issued under the new plan, up from just 12%, according to an analysis shown to reporters via PowerPoint.

  • Foreigners with extraordinary talents, professional or specialized workers and exceptional students would be the target for the new high-skill visa process.
  • After passing a civics tests, visa applicants would be awarded points based on their age, English proficiency, educational attainment, whether they had an offer of employment in the U.S. and how much that job would pay.

This higher number of skill-based green cards would come at the expense of the diversity lottery visa and family immigration.

  • The share of green cards given to family members of U.S. citizens would be halved under the plan. It is still unclear which family members would be impacted, but a senior administration official said that spouses and children would be a priority.

What to watch: The RAISE act, which offered a similar legal immigration system and was backed by Trump in 2017, eliminated the ability for U.S. citizens to petition for siblings, parents or children over the age of 18 years old.

At the border

The legislation would:

  • Provide physical barriers and updated technology at the border to help border patrol screen those who come through the legal ports of entry and locate those who attempt to cross illegally.
  • Streamline and expedite the asylum process, although the specifics are still unclear.
  • Raise fees required for certain permits and transactions at the border, which would fund future border upgrades.
  • According to the presentation shown to reporters, the plan would enable "prompt removal of illegal border crossers" and eliminate "magnets for illegal migration." But details were not given.

What it won't touch: Undocumented immigrants and short-term visas such as H-1Bs, which many U.S. tech companies depend on, and seasonal worker visas.

The bottom line: It's unlikely this legislation will go anywhere. A senior administration official even admitted that when it comes to the proposal becoming law, "it's very easy to be pessimistic," but they plan to try.

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  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies— Government website for free COVID tests launches early
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Highlights from Biden's marathon 2-hour press conference

President Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 19. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden Wednesday marked the end of his first year in office with a marathon press conference from the White House East Room, during which he defended his record in office and made headlines on several fronts.

Why it matters: It was only Biden's second solo presser while in office. The president said he would support splitting his flagship budget bill, the Build Back Better Act, to pass it in increments. He also called on the Federal Reserve to do more against inflation, and predicted that Russia will invade Ukraine.

Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

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