Republican presidential contendor Donald Trump has said Indians studying in US educational institutions should not be kicked out as the country needs smart people like them.
“Whether we like that or not, they pay, et cetera, et cetera but we educate a lot of people, very smart people. We need those people in the country,” he said when asked about his views on legal immigration in an interview with Fox News.
“They cannot come into the country. You know, they go to Harvard, they are first in their class and they’re from India. They go back to India, setup companies, make a fortune and employ lots of people and all of that."
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Clarifying his position on H-1B visas, Trump said if someone wants to stay after graduation then they should be able to do so.
“I think if somebody goes through years of college in this country, we shouldn’t kick them out the day they graduate, which we do."
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The 69-year-old Republican has been advocating the scrapping of H-1B visa programme from the start of his campaign as he thinks it is “very unfair” towards American workers.
IT professionals from India are beneficiary of H-1B, a non-immigrant visa in the US which allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
This article originally appeared in Hindustan Times
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