Donald Trump used the March 10 GOP debate to make a dramatic call for a pause in legal immigration after 50 years of continuously rising legal immigration.

The call may shift the nation’s immigration debate away the emotional — but subsidiary — issue of illegal immigration.

“I’d say a minimum of one year, maybe two years,” Trump said during the debate in Miami, Fla.

“It is very significant that a major presidential candidate has called for a pause in legal immigration,” said Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “It’s a signal that he’s serious about dealing with high [rates of legal] immigration,” he said.

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