Donald Trump promises automatic green cards for foreign graduates — TradingView News

Donald Trump promises automatic green cards for foreign graduates — TradingView News
Donald Trump promises automatic green cards for foreign graduates — TradingView News
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Following his dramatic change of heart on cryptocurrencies, former US President Donald Trump announced a change in his stance on immigration.

Trump, known for his hardline immigration policies, recently promised to grant automatic green cards to foreign students who graduate from American universities.

This measure aims to prevent these graduates from returning to their home countries, such as India and China, where many become billionaires.

A new approach to immigration

Trump’s departure from his previous anti-immigrant rhetoric comes as the 2024 presidential election looms, in which immigration and the deportation of illegal immigrants are key issues for voters.

Trump has historically supported a merit-based legal immigration system, and his latest proposal appears to align with that philosophy.

During a recent appearance on the “All-In” podcast, hosted by venture capitalists Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks and David Friedberg, Trump explained his new stance. Trump said:

What I want to do and what I will do is: if you graduate from a university, I think you should automatically get a Green Card as part of your diploma, a Green Card so you can stay in this country. And that also includes junior colleges.

The need to retain talent

Trump stressed the importance of retaining top talent in the United States and lamented the loss of brilliant minds to other countries.

He noted that many graduates of prestigious institutions such as Harvard and MIT are forced to leave the United States due to immigration policies, only to establish successful businesses elsewhere.

It is very sad when we lose people from Harvard, MIT and the best schools. And what he wanted to do, he would have done, but then we had to solve the COVID problem because he came in and, you know, dominated for a while.

This policy change is particularly significant given the Institute of International Education’s latest annual Open Doors report, which states that more than one million international students from more than 210 places of origin are studying at U.S. higher education institutions during the 2022-23 academic year.

China and India are the top two countries sending students to the United States, with 289,526 and 268,923 students, respectively.

Address past immigration policies

Trump’s new proposal stands in stark contrast to the immigration policy he adopted while in office.

During his presidency, Trump sought to reform the country’s immigration system by reducing family-based immigration and prioritizing wealthy immigrants with valuable job skills or higher education.

His administration also implemented restrictions on green cards, visa programs, refugee resettlement and other forms of legal immigration.

One of Trump’s most controversial actions was signing an executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

He also embraced a proposal to cut legal immigration in half and frequently criticized the H-1B visa program, favored by technology companies to hire skilled foreign workers.

A strategic move

Trump’s latest comments appear to be a direct pitch to wealthy business leaders and potential donors.

His proposal to grant automatic green cards to foreign graduates is aimed at appealing to the business community, which relies heavily on skilled workers from abroad.

Trump reiterated his support for foreign students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, stating that anyone who graduates from an American university should be able to remain in the country.

We force the bright people, the people who graduate from college, the people who are number one in their class from top universities, to have the ability to recruit these people and retain them.

Going forward

As the United States prepares for the upcoming presidential election, Trump’s shift in immigration policy marks a notable shift in his approach.

By focusing on retaining top talent and addressing the needs of the business community, Trump aims to bolster his support among voters and key stakeholders.

According to the NPR/PBS News/Marist poll, both Trump and President Joe Biden are currently tied with 49% support among registered voters.

With the first campaign debate scheduled for June 27 and the second on September 10, Trump’s new stance on immigration will likely be a major topic of discussion.

In conclusion, Trump’s promise to grant automatic green cards to foreign graduates represents a strategic move to engage the business community and address the needs of the American economy.

As the election approaches, it remains to be seen how this policy change will affect his campaign and the broader political landscape.

 
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