Trump proposes automatic green card issuance for foreign students

08:50 PM | 22 Jun, 2024
Trump proposes automatic green card issuance for foreign students

WASHINGTON - In a major departure from his stated policy, former President Donald Trump said he wants to give automatic green cards to foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges.

Though Trump keeps hammering his anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail, his Thursday comments were seen entirely differently; the tycoon-turned-president was asked about plans for companies to be able to import the "best and brightest".  

"What I want to do, and what I will do is, you graduate from a college, I think you should get automatically as part of your diploma a green card to be able to stay in this country. And that includes junior colleges, too, anybody who graduates from a college. You go there for two years or four years," he said in a podcast with venture capitalists and tech investors called the "All-In."

Immigration has taken center stage for the US elections and Trump's comments imply that if elected and executed, the policy would confer a pathway to U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of foreign graduates.

The republican party president keeps saying that the immigrants endanger public safety and steal jobs but the comments regarding the automatic green card have pleasantly surprised pro-immigration groups. 

Trump takes a strong exception to immigration and once suggested that the immigrants are "poisoning the blood of our country." During the former Trump era,  the president also proposed curbs on legal immigration such as family-based visas and the visa lottery program.

A visible indication of his anti-immigration stance is the fact that after assuming charge in 2017, he issued his "Buy American and Hire American" executive order, instructing his cabinet to suggest reforms to ensure that business visas were granted only to the highest-paid or most skilled applicants to protect American workers.

Trump has also said that the H1-B program commonly used by companies to hire foreign workers temporarily was "very bad".

Soon after the comments were made, Trump's campaign press secretary Karoline Leavitt clarified that the president outlined the most aggressive vetting process in U.S. history, to exclude all communists, radical Islamists, Hamas supporters, America haters and public charges.

'He believes, only after such vetting has taken place, we ought to keep the most skilled graduates who can make significant contributions to America. This would only apply to the most thoroughly vetted college graduates who would never undercut American wages or workers,' said a statement issued after the podcast went viral.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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