Trump’s flip-flop over H1B lands him in controversy

Washington: Republican presidential front- runner Donald Trump today stoked another controversy when he said he has softened his stance on H-1B visas for highly- skilled workers, but took a U-turn soon by vowing to abolish the visa programme, popular among Indian techies.

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“I’m changing. I’m changing. We need highly skilled people in this country, and if we can’t do it, we’ll get them in. But, and we do need in Silicon Valley, we absolutely have to have,” Trump, 69, said during the Republican presidential debate in Detroit.

Responding to a question on his views on immigration in particular highly skilled people, Trump said America needs highly skilled professionals.

Trump’s website, however, calls for eliminating the H1-B class of visas that allow companies to import high-skilled workers from countries like India.
“We do need highly skilled, and one of the biggest problems we have is people go to the best colleges,” Trump said.

“They’ll go to Harvard, they’ll go to Stanford, they’ll go to Wharton, as soon as they’re finished they’ll get shoved out. They want to stay in this country,” he said.

“They want to stay here desperately, they’re not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brain power in this country,” Trump said in response to a question.

“So you abandoning the position on your website?…” he was asked. “I’m changing it, and I’m softening the position because we have to have talented people in this country,” Trump said.

However, within an hour of his statement, which was interpreted differently by immigration experts, Trump clarified his position.

“The H-1B programme is neither high-skilled nor immigration: these are temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay,” Trump said.

“I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse and ending outrageous practices such as those that occurred at Disney in Florida when Americans were forced to train their foreign replacements,” he said in his statement.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio immediately slammed Trump for his policy change. “Tonight Donald Trump finally took an actual position,” Rubio said in a statement provided by his campaign.

“But as soon as the debate was over, his handlers made him reverse himself. The Republican nominee cannot be somebody who is totally clueless on so many issues, including his signature issue,” he said.

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  1. In the U.S. history, we can watch some extreme liberals and conservatives Presidential candiates, but never had an event like this; a nutty professor talking without any break the same old repetition to project himself as the most successful businessman in the world; and so, deserves to be the most powerful person in the world.

    Does he know the depth of the ethical and social violation through deporting 11 illegal immigrants from the U.S. soil like worthless ants? Does he know, how the deportation of the 11 illegal immigrants which is 3% of the U.S. population can cripple the U.S. economy through the highly declined purchasing power of those people? How many billions of dollars drop in food, cloth, petroleum, residential rent etc etc. How many schools will be forced to close? How many teachers are without work? How many patients will be disappearing from the healthcare industry of the U.S.?

    His Trump University made him richer 40 millions, through offering course charging up to $ 36000/person based on the duration of the course, thus 20000 people lost money. There are many such enterprises where his name was used and he got money for using his name, indeed a great business man lacking ethical standards behind that.

    He is telling repeatedly that he is a Christian. How a Christian, if truly following JESUS CHRIST can have casinos, four in the Atlantic city, some of them are closed. How many gamblers have made money? Thousands have lost everything. I have visited the Atlantic city years back and I was shocked to sea the dilapidated surrounding because they were hooked up with gambling, like the liquor and drug addiction.

    He wanted to impose heavy customs duty on goods from Mexico and China etc, thus a trade war. How those countries are going to react? The U.S. export is declining due to the high dollar value, so if more duty is imposed by the importers of U.S. goods, that means the U.S. goods are going to be too expensive; thus the export would be greatly declined which will create more unemployment in the U.S.

    The U.S. Corporations are using foreign IT professionals to save money, and if they are blocked entering the U.S., even though the unemployed IT professionals will get more jobs; however it will take off the profit margin of the corporations.
    Thus the U.S. Corporations are not going to pat on his back.

    Mr. Trump is a riddle wrapped up in a mystery based on his political rhetoric.

  2. Good news for Saudi-returned Praveena who is still praying for a chance to enter Doddanna with a valid visa!!

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