There is no "plan". It's a set of talking points and ONE Powerpoint slide.
"Merit-based immigration" is what happens when you let a focus group define an issue. (Who's is FOR "merit-less immigration?") It's intended to do what it's already done, to get Democrats to be against "merit".
But it's really a gambit for guest workers. And it's likely to succeed, cuz folks like Josh won't bother to understand immigration, while Rs are happy to be hypocrites.
This is the key: to the extent "merit-based" means anything beyond eliminating the rights of US citizens to sponsor their families as new Americans, it ALSO means taking away authority for EMPLOYERS to sponsor new Americans, which they have had since the Founding.
Since tech is so happy creating an indefinitely temporary workforce with the H-1B, which Ds go along with cuz we're dumb, and of course that alienates US workers, this is quite likely to be successful politics unless Ds figure it out.
You know, the way Ds were so successful on immigration politics in 2016.