Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is no fan of minorities.
The whole world knows that.
But Trump is also not a fan of America’s open door policy vis-a-vis immigration that has deposited millions of foreigners on U.S. soil in the last few decades.
Indians should be extremely concerned about Trump’s views on immigration since he is also opposed to abuse of the H1-B program.
Indians are the biggest users – and abusers – of H1-B Visas that allow thousands of so called skilled people to legally work in the United States.
Several U.S. corporations (Disney, Southern California Edison etc) have hired Indian programmers on H1B Visas (often via outsourcing companies like TCS, Wipro and Infosys), fired their American programmers and then compelled the fired American workers to train their Indian replacements before they can get severance payments.
On March 3, Trump made no secret of his dislike of the H1-B program:
The H-1B program 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. 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. I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.
There are tens of thousands of Indians on H1-B Visas, working in the software, pharma and research sectors.
The majority of Indian H1-B Visa holders apply for the Green Card so that they can live in America permanently and eventually become citizens.
Today (March 7, 2016), Trump issued a statement promising to “get immigration numbers under control” when he becomes president (of which fortunately there is still no guarantee although it seems likely).
Here’s Trump’s statement:
Record rates of immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for U.S. workers. Pew polling shows 83 percent of all voters – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – think immigration should be frozen or reduced. The biggest beneficiaries of allowing fewer foreign workers into our country would be minority workers, including all immigrants now living here, who are competing for jobs, benefits and community resources against record waves of foreign workers. Limiting job competition would reopen pathways to middle-class stability and shrink welfare rolls. In addition, it would relieve overcrowding in our schools and hospitals that afflict our poorest communities. Yet, Senators Cruz and Rubio have led the charge for even higher immigration rates – a policy supported by only 7 percent of the Republican electorate. When I am President we will listen to the people – not the special interests – and get immigration numbers under control, as the voters have demanded.
By the way, a bunch of desis in New Jersey have launched a Political Action Committee (PAC) to support Donald Trump.
Called Indian-Americans for Trump 2016, the PAC filed a registration with the Federal Election Commission on January 21, 2016.
It’s not clear how much money the PAC has raised so far.