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#Trump Attacks #Zuckerberg over #Immigration

In a somewhat surprising move, US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has instigated a personal attack on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg due to his concerns that the tech company brings in 'too many immigrants', favouring cheap foreign labour over American workers.

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To be honest, it seems like a strange fight to pick, especially at a time when most commentators are actually calling for more diversity within Facebook and other Silicon Valley enterprises. Trump, however, sees the situation a little differently. He has accused Zuckerberg of trying to force through new legislation that would make it difficult for American workers looking for employment.

The exact policy in question is America's H-1B visas, which are offered to 'Highly-skilled workers', of which the US government has an upper limit on how many can be offered in a given year. These visas make it possible for large companies to recruit skilled workers from overseas locations, but Trump's concerns stem from Florida Senator Marco Rubio's plan to triple the number awarded annually.

Trump claims that the increase will have a massive detrimental effect on American job seekers, asserting that companies like Facebook use the visas to fill entry-level vacancies that should be offered to US citizens, instead of reserving the H-1Bs for those higher-up positions that certainly require a more advanced skill-set. His proposed solution is to put a minimum wage cap on H-1B visas, forcing companies to look at other avenues for lower-paid positions.

Although it does initially sound like a bit of a general attack on immigrants, Trump states that his proposal would actually help to increase diversity in silicon valley:

Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the US, instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas.
This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favour of the H-1B program.

With Trump's previous statements on immigration policy being either ignored or publicly criticised by the vast majority of his peers, it's hard to say whether anyone will take his latest attempt seriously at all, even if it does have a little more sense behind it than some of his previous comments. So far, the only Republican candidate to publicly defend his immigration policy is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and one supporter is unlikely to win any polls.


Sam Bonson

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