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Trump outlines plans for legal immigration overhaul

President Donald Trump, flanked by Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Ark., left, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during the unveiling of legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that proposed legislation to limit legal immigration would be the most significant change to the system in half a century.

Trump says the measure would make the system more "merit based" for skilled English speakers. He says it would keep out people who will just end up collecting welfare. He provided no information to support his statement.

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The legislation is sponsored by Republican Sens. David Purdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Both lawmakers joined Trump at the White House on Wednesday, where the president publicly endorsed the bill. His involvement puts him at the center of efforts to overhaul the system of legal immigration.

Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a hallmark of his administration.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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