Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner for the US elections, said he is “softening” his stance on immigration at the GOP Debate hosted by the Fox News in Detroit. He said that he is willing to ease out his views on allowing highly skilled foreign workers in the US and also hold negotiations on the size of the wall he wants to build on the US border with Mexico.
Megyn Kelly, the debate moderator, asked Trump whether he still wants to maintain his views that granting H1B1 visas to highly skilled foreign workers would destroy chances of employment of the Americans since the idea still features on his website.
“Mr. Trump, your campaign website to this day argues that more visas for highly skilled workers would ‘decimate American workers,’” Kelly asked him at the debate. “However, at the CNBC debate, you spoke enthusiastically in favor of these visas. So which is it?”
“I’m changing,” Trump was quoted by the Washington Free Beacon. “We need highly skilled people in this country and if we can’t do it, we will get them in. But, and we do need in Silicon Valley we absolutely have to have, so we do need highly skilled. And one of the biggest problems we have is people will go to the best colleges, they’ll go to Harvard, they’ll go to Stanford, they’ll go to Wharton. As soon as they are finished they get shoved out.”
“They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately. They are not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brainpower in this country,” he added.
Trump displayed a similar attitude towards the size of the wall he said he wants to build on the US border with Mexico if he is elected as well as the plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, the Talking Points Memo reported.
When the host clarified Trump’s position by asking if he is abandoning his views expressed on the website, Trump acknowledged that he is softening his stance on the policies.