Donald Trump will not allow the New York Times to release off-the-record comments in which he might have said that his stance on illegal immigration is only a starting point in negotiations. However, during the debate he said he is not that flexible on the issue of illegal immigration and the wall will be built.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump changed his mind about H-1B visas during last night’s debate but then changed it back again the same evening.
“I’m changing it, and I’m softening the position because we need to have talented people in this country,” Trump said in the Detroit debate of his position on H-1B visas when pressed by Megyn Kelly.
Trump had been opposed to increasing the number of the permits provided annually, saying on his campaign website that they would “decimate women and minorities.”
After the debate, he released a statement changing his mind again. The statement titled “Donald J. Trump’s position on visas.”
“Megyn Kelly asked about highly-skilled immigration. 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,” Trump’s statement said.
“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.”
Sen. Marco Rubio called him out on the reversal and said he was clueless on his own signature issues. The Senator also believes he is still in the running and is close enough to Trump when it comes to delegates. He has half of what Cruz has and Cruz has half of what Trump has. There is no reasonable path to the presidency for him unless there is a brokered convention.
Marco himself is very supportive of H-1B visas and when the amnesty bill was in process, Rubio refused to limit the visas in any way and in fact wanted them tripled.
Fox prepared a video montage in which Trump flip flopped on issues with hours or days in some cases. Megyn Kelly said some people say you do not have a “core” but Trump’s answer was that he does have a “core” but basically, he is flexible as he learns more. People who support him expect him to change his opinions because he’s not a policy wonk, he’s a businessman.
That is the entire ballgame. His supporters accept he’s flexible and his opponents say he has no core and is saying what he needs to say to get people to vote for him.
Listen to the exchange and determine where you stand.
Ted Cruz says “flexible” is Washington codeword for “he’s going to stick it to the people.”