The New York Times allegedly has an audio of off-the-record comments by Donald Trump in which he says he only says what he says about illegal immigration to appeal to voters and to use them as a starting point in negotiations. Trump has made it clear he is a “deal maker” and will negotiate, even with a Nancy Pelosi or a Harry Reid.
The fact that Senator Jeff Sessions has backed Donald Trump’s candidacy gives credence to Trump’s immigration credentials but should it?
Rubio supports expanding the H-1B visa program without limitations. Rubio’s 2015 H1-B bill that he introduced in the Senate — the “I-Squared” bill, tripled the number of H1-B foreign workers without restrictions.
Senator Durbin recently said that any amendments to limit the H-1B visa program in the Senate immigration bill were killed by Rubio.
During the CNBC debate last October, Becky Quick offered Trump an opportunity to follow Rubio with his critique of the H-1B program but he said something quite surprising and quite different.
The Sessions immigration platform on his website calls for the limitations Rubio didn’t call for but when asked about it by QuickBecky, he embraced the Zuckerberg Stem program.
Quick asked him about the line in his policy paper that attacks the I-Squared bill by referring to Rubio as “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator.” Trump’s response was “I never said that” and “I have [said] nothing at all critical of him,” meaning Zuckerberg. Only later did Quick mention that the criticism appeared on Trump’s own website, though Quick apologized for bringing it up, probably assuming she made an error but she hadn’t.
He then said: “I’m in favor 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. . . . As far as Mark is concerned, as far as the visas are concerned, if we need people, they have — 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.”
The Becky Quick-Donald Trump exchange:
Does Trump support unlimited “legal” immigration of workers to take jobs from Americans?
An excerpt quoted from his new book by Politico seems to back up his hints at wanting lots of foreign workers: “I don’t want to stop legal immigration to this country. In fact, I would like to reform and increase immigration in some important ways.”
He supports a path to citizenship for “good” foreign workers.
The Sessions immigration platform he has posted on his website calls for a pause in the program while employers hire from the domestic pool.
It says: “In the year 2015, with 92 million Americans outside the workforce and incomes collapsing, we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed. Petitions for workers should be mailed to the unemployment office, not USCIS.”
Perhaps all this is nitpicking. Taking in more H-1B visa applicants isn’t necessarily advocating for massive immigration, just something to think about in light of the Buzzfeed report. Chances are a President Trump won’t deport people en masse.
This does make one wonder about the Buzzfeed report out Monday.