Tuesday, 18 April 2017

“They’re all getting the hell out” - Trump blows hot on illegal immigrants, to order increased scrutiny of H-1B visa program

According to Fox News , President Trump has said criminal illegal immigrants are “getting the hell out” of the U.S. or being thrown behind bars, as he also took to Twitter to rail against gangs like MS-13 and the Obama administration policies he claims allowed them to thrive in American cities.

In the interview that aired Tuesday morning on Trump spoke highly of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is responsible for enforcing Trump’s border policy.  He emphasized the importance of removing criminal aliens.

“We’ve gotten tremendous criminals out of this country,” Trump said. “I’m talking about illegal immigrants that were here that caused tremendous crime. That have murdered people, raped people horrible things have happened. They’re getting the hell out or they’re going to prison.”

Trump echoed those comments on Twitter, pointing to Central American export MS-13, a gang thought to be behind a quadruple homicide on Long Island last week.

Deporting illegal immigrants and clamping down on crime were focal points  of Trump’s presidential platform. As he tightens immigration policies, Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are planning to visit the U.S.-Mexico border together later this week.

“And so many towns and cities are thanking me because we have gotten rid of a burden that you would not believe. It is a serious problem and we never did anything about it, and now we’re doing something about it,” Trump told Fox News.

On North Korea, President Trump again refused to spell out his strategy for dealing with the country’s volatile dictator. He also wouldn’t comment when asked if the U.S. disrupted a recent North Korea missile test via cyber weapons.

“I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking … we’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “I hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace. But you know, they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time … everybody’s been outplayed. They’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman and we’ll see what happens.”

Trump is also set to sign an order aimed at changing a visa program that brings in highly skilled workers from overseas.

Tagged “Buy American, Hire American,” the order would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse. Those departments would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most-skilled or highest-paid applicants.”

The White House said the H-1B program is currently undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labor and said some tech companies are using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages.

Administration officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal transportation grant-funded projects. The officials said the commerce secretary will review how to close loopholes in enforcing the existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.

The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules that exist in free-trade agreements. The administration said that if the waivers are not benefiting the United States they will be “renegotiated or revoked.”

During his campaign, Trump said at some points he supported high-skilled visas, then came out against them. At one debate, he called for fully ending the program, saying: “It’s very bad for our workers and it’s unfair for our workers. And we should end it.”

The officials said the changes could be administrative or legislative and could include higher fees for the visas, changing the wage scale for the program or other initiatives.

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