What Flip-Flop?

Quartz runs this article explaining a Trump flip-flop on H1-B visas. Here’s the gist of the matter:

First, Trump criticizes tripling H-1Bs, which are used to by companies to bring in immigrants with a needed skill set.

Trump’s website attacks his rivals’ support for the visas, noting that Marco Rubio, “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator,” has “a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.”

Then Trump is in favor of keeping immigrants in the US when the finish school.

“I am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in Silicon Valley,”

And again.

“We need highly skilled people in this country, and if we can’t do it, we’ll get them in. But, and we do need in Silicon Valley, we absolutely have to have.”

But today, Trump is going to end the H-1B program.

“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.”

According to the article, Trump is all over the place. He likes the visa program. He’s going to end the visa program. Make up your freaking mind!

I’m not going to say that Trump never flip-flops as that would be a ludicrous statement, but the author of this article needs to find a better example. I do find Trump guilty – of doling out his policy in Twitter-sized chunks.

His statements, taken together, paint a picture so clear that even a writer at Quartz should be able to understand. Trump wants to keep talented people in this country only in situations where those people are actually needed. If an American can be found to fill a job, the job should go to an American. If not, we need to have use of the visas to fill the position. The visa program should not be used simply to provide cheap labor for Facebook.

That position sounds reasonable to me.



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