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Trump calls his immigration plan a 'down-the-middle compromise'

President Trump detailed his "four pillars" of immigration reform on Tuesday night during his first State of the Union address, claiming it was a "down-the-middle compromise and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system."

The pillars include offering a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented young people brought to the United States as children; building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and hiring more border agents; ending the visa lottery; and ending chain migration, which he said "protects the nuclear family." Trump said the United States has "outdated" immigration policies, and needs more "merit-based immigration" with skilled people "who want to work and who will contribute to our society and who will love and respect our country."