The controversial Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, said that Indians studying in American educational institutions should not be kicked out as the country needs smart people like them.
In an interview to Fox News, he said, “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.”
The 69-year-old, who has been criticized by many for his stand on H-1B visas, said:
“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 and they setup companies and they make a fortune and they employ lots of people and all of that.”
He added that many people want to stay in America and then want to do that.
“I think somebody that goes through years of college in this country we shouldn’t kick them out the day they graduate, which we do,” he said.
H-1B visas, a non-immigrant visa in the US, allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in speciality occupations. There are about the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Trump has been advocating for scrapping of the H-1B visa programme from the beginning of his campaign as he thinks it is very unfair for American workers
He had earlier also blamed countries like India for taking away the jobs from US.