WATCH: White House defends immigration legislation in news briefing

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Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House adviser Stephen Miller defended new legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration. It would seek an immigration system based on merit and skills instead of family connections.

Trump said at an Ohio rally last month that he was working with Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas to “create a new immigration system for America.”

WATCH: Trump, GOP senators announce new immigration plan

He rolled out that system with the senators Wednesday at the White House.

White House officials say the bill will aim to create a skills-based immigration system to make the U.S. more competitive, raise wages and create jobs.

Perdue and Cotton introduced a bill in February that would change the 1965 law to reduce the number of legal immigrants.

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