U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that President Donald Trump’s second term would mean reforming the country’s broken immigration system, with an emphasis on accepting immigrants on a merit basis.
Acknowledging the challenges facing the country’s immigration system, he said Trump, who is seeking re-election in the November 3 presidential election, has been working to secure the border and mend the broken immigration system.
“As the President and I have spoken many times, part of that agenda for the second term will be the type of immigration reform built on the merit-based immigration system,” he said during a virtual event in the US. India organized by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), a non-profit organization.
He said that President Trump wants to fix the broken immigration system.
“We want people to come to this country who are ready to participate and contribute as people from India have, as people in the United States have,” he said.
“I just want India’s emerging generations and Indian business leaders, men and women who want to invest in this country, to know that America is not only open to business, but that we look forward to building the relationship between the two of us Countries for decades to come, “said Pence.
Pence said the four million members of the Indian diaspora in the US represent some of the best people in the country and create wealth and prosperity. He said they made tremendous contributions in the incredible relationship that they contributed to the relief and search between the United States and India.
Immigration was a very critical agenda of the Trump campaign and his presidency, with Trump insisting throughout that, as American president, he would first ensure job security for American citizens.
As job losses increased and the American economy suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump ordered some tough immigration restrictions, including suspending the H-1B visas popular with Indian IT professionals, as well as other foreign work visas for the rest of the time the year.
Trump said the move is important in helping millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the current economic crisis.
Trump issued the proclamation in June ahead of the presidential election, in which he will be challenged by Democratic Party candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“In managing our nation’s immigration system, we must consider the impact of foreign labor on the United States labor market, especially in the current exceptional environment of high domestic unemployment and depressed labor demand,” said Trump’s proclamation.
Indian IT staff make up the majority of H-1B visa holders in the US and have to wait decades for a green card due to the huge backlog.
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)