India voices concern over Trump’s remark on H1B visa

New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI):Subramanian said services-led export model can push India to achieve 8-10 per cent sustained growth but talk on H1B scrapping was worrying. pti file photo
India today voiced concerns over talks of scrapping non-immigrant H1B visa for professionals by the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying such a move would impact export-led growth.

“My concern is that Donald trump in last debate, said H1B, whatever it is, I use it but I don’t like it. I want to scrap all H1B. That’s very worrying for export-led growth going forward,” Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said at the Advancing Asia Conference co-hosted by India and IMF.

Republican party frontrunner Trump during presidential campaign said the H1B Visa programme that allows US employers to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations for a period of time, should be ended.

Subramanian said services-led export model can push India to achieve 8-10 per cent sustained growth but talk on H1B scrapping was worrying.

“The concern we have is if we have more services export led growth rather than domestic led manufacturing, will the politics of that be very different from politics in Japan… If you have more services led growth the politics of that will be very different,” he said.

Emphasising that rapid growth in export is very important ingredient for achieving 8-10 per cent growth rate in the medium term, he said, it can come with combination of manufacturing and services.

“I think India cannot deviate from the historical experience that in order to grow at 8-10 per cent you have to export rapidly. I think the notion that we can use our domestic market to grow at sustainable 8-10 per cent medium term history is against that model. Where I think India can be unique is instead of growth being led by low skill manufacturing. I think it is going to come about with a combination of manufacturing and services,” he said.

Manufacturing alone is going to be little bit difficult because of what is happening in technology and so on, he said, adding, it has to be a unique model.

He further said the present government has got huge mandate so there is prospect for accelerated reforms.

“India is a large diverse democratic set up exploiting the dynamism of decentralisation, coupled with accelerated reforms from the Centre.we are such a large diverse country the diversification will come through competition between states,” he added.


  1. Why India is alarmed about the statement made by Donald Trump? He is making dual statements on many subjects every day, a double personality in reality. Dr. Ben Carson who endorsed Donald Trump
    said that Donald Trump is one person at his electoral rhetoric but in his private talk, totally a different person.

    Now nobody is uttering about the GDP projection and prediction of 10 trillion and 20 trillion like that, taking over China first and the U.S. next. As the predictions are going to be fulfilled, India has to issue H-1 visa to the U.S. appplicants at first, then only to the applicants from other parts of the world.

  2. Donald Trump is a n** and certainly not a Presidential mater.

    I would prefer that Hillary Clinton becomes the next President. She is certainly better than him.

  3. When we were migrating to USA couple decades back, people were concerned about brain-drain even though there were no suitable jobs available for qualified professional in India. Now we see the brains are flooding to USA under H1-B visa but the so called concerned people are playing to the different tunes. Why is that?

  4. Christian AS Mathew “What’s your opinion on the following news story?”

    Illegals held in vicious Framingham rape
    Cops: Boyfriend fought off Guatemalan attackers to rescue pinned-down girlfriend

    Federal immigration officials are requesting detainers on four illegal aliens accused of a heinous attack on a Framingham couple in which the woman was raped and her boyfriend was beaten and threatened with death, the Herald has learned.

    Two of the illegals had previously been deported to Guatemala, said Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement spokesman Shawn Neudauer.

    Elmer Diaz, 19, is charged with rape, assault with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and threatening to commit a crime. His brother, Ariel Diaz, 24, was charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, indecent assault and battery, kidnapping and witness intimidation.

    He was deported to Guatemala in May 2014 after convictions for drunken driving and disorderly conduct, said Neudauer.

    Another brother, Adan Diaz, 32, and Marlon Josue Jarquin-Felipe, 27, are both charged with indecent assault and battery and kidnapping. All four suspects are from Guatemala. Jarquin-Felipe was deported back to his homeland in April 2014, according to Neudauer.

    Neudauer told the Herald yesterday the agency is “closely monitoring the cases and has placed detainers on all four” illegal immigrants. He added that Ariel Diaz was also arrested this winter on a drunken driving charge. ICE was not notified of that case, he added.

    In the Framingham case, the victim’s boyfriend was beaten while his girlfriend was held down on a bed and raped Sunday evening, authorities say.

    The still-shaken boyfriend told the Herald yesterday that he and his girlfriend have not yet come to terms with the horrific assault.

    “I thought we were going to die. I really did. And I didn’t care if I died as long as I could save her and get her out of there, that’s all I cared about,” said the 
boyfriend, whose name the Herald is withholding.

    “I’ve lived (in Framingham) my whole life and I never imagined anything like this could happen just walking down the street,” he said. “The worst part was I felt like I couldn’t do anything.”

    According to authorities, he and his girlfriend were out walking and enjoying an unseasonably warm evening when they were approached by a man carrying beer, police said. The man appeared friendly and offered them a drink, then three more men emerged, police said.

    One produced a condom and indicated he wanted the man’s girlfriend. One grabbed his girlfriend by the hood of her sweatshirt, dragging her away, while the biggest of the group kept her boyfriend back, police said.

    “They brought her into the building on the corner into the apartment,” police said. “They pulled a dresser or table across the door of the room so she could not leave … (They) were trying to climb on her while the others were groping her.”

    Her boyfriend managed to force his way into the apartment and was calling 911 when two of the men broke away to handle him, 
police said.

    Police said Ariel Diaz head-butted the man several times and then grabbed a large chef’s knife and tried slashing him, but Jarquin-Felipe pushed the knife-wielder back, stopping him from stabbing the man.

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