Washington:  Reiterating his “America First” policy, US President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed for a merit-based immigration system, saying he only wants people who can help America become “strong and great again”. He also said that there will be no more diversity lottery visa.

“I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST,” Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Mr Trump, who said a merit-based system will allow only people with “great track record” to enter the country, stressed that he wanted safety and security of Americans and an end to “massive” inflow of drugs.

The US president has been calling for the merit-based immigration system, of which people from countries like India could be a major beneficiary, to reduce overall immigration to the US.

The decades-old diversity lottery visa system gave green cards to people…

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