Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that he is in favour of talented foreign students staying in the US after completing their studies and working in the Silicon Valley.
“I’m in favour of people coming into this country legally. And you know what? They can have it anyway you want. You can call it visas, you can call it work permits, you can call it anything you want,” Trump said participating in the third Republican presidential debate.
He was joined by Florida Senator Marco Rubio – despite their past difference on the issue in particular H-1B visas who said that he supports legal migration that attracts the best of the talented people from across the world.
“I am all in favour of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in Silicon Valley,” Trump said strongly denying that he ever criticised Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has been lobbying hard to expand H-1B work visa which is highly popular among Indian tech professionals.
“I was not at all critical of him (Zuckerberg). I was not at all. In fact, frankly, he’s complaining about the fact that we’re losing some of the most talented people. They go to Harvard. They go to Yale. They go to Princeton. They come from another country and they’re immediately sent out,” he argued.
“As far as the visas are concerned, if we need people, it’s fine. They have to come into this country legally. We have a country of borders. We have a country of laws. We have to obey the laws. It’s fine if they come in, but they have to come in legally,” he said.