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A family waits to speak with an immigration attorney at a free legal clinic hosted by the City of Seattle
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Why Trump's 'merit based' immigration plan could have a major impact in Seattle

Kim Malcolm talks with Wired Magazine senior writer Issie Lapowsky about a new Senate proposal that would overhaul the legal immigration system in the U.S.

It would cut in half the number of immigrants admitted to the U.S. and scrap the current system, which favors family reunification.

Instead, it would introduce what the president calls a "merit-based" system. Immigrants with English proficiency, education and high-paying job offers would be given preference to acquire a green card.