Donald Trump: Marco Rubio is ‘personal senator’ of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Silicon Valley is used to being held up by presidential hopefuls as a shining example of all that America can achieve.

The tech CEOs are outsiders, far from Washington, who are creating the future by thinking differently, or so the narrative goes.

But Donald Trump, in his first big policy paper, appears to be breaking from that script. Big time.  He uses Silicon Valley as a cudgel to attack Sen. Marco Rubio, who is also seeking the Republican nomination.

In Trump’s view, tech is a big business that cozies up to elected officials, just like any other industry.

The occasion is Trump’s take on immigration reform, which mostly deals with the border with Mexico and undocumented people living in the U.S.

But when Trump turns his attention to the H-1B visa program, he questions Silicon Valley’s plaintive wail that there isn’t enough talent in the U.S. for their needs.

Trump swipes at Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican who has worked on immigration reform legislation, calling Rubio “the personal senator” of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.

Zuckerberg did set up FWD.us, a public interest organization that advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, not just the H-1B issue. Zuckerberg has also given directly to Rubio, including $5,200 in 2013, according to OpenSecrets.org.

Trump ties the tech industry’s pursuit of a boost in H-1B visas to Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity:

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 U.S., 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 favor of the H-1B program.

Trump argues that firms should “hire from the domestic pool of unemployed. Petitions for workers should be mailed to the unemployment office, not USCIS (immigration services).”

And he ends on this note:

Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers. This will help reverse women’s plummeting workplace participation rate, grow wages, and allow record immigration levels to subside to more moderate historical averages.

I’m going to guess that Trump may not get a lot of tech industry love. But I don’t think he’s looking for that.

Above: Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

 

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  • M. A. Knut

    As crazy as this guy sounds he sure asks the same questions I’ve wondered. If he just wasn’t so obnoxious about it.

    • Human with eyes

      It’s the establishment that is utterly obnoxious. Trump is doing America a great service by broadsiding all these illusions that the establishment tyrants have set up.

      • M. A. Knut

        Yes and if you anger him this egotistical fool will go after you. You might think him good, just don’t pi$$ him off or get in his way. He’s Mcarthy and Goldwater all-in one.

  • Danilo Salguero

    Zuckerberg doesn’t even listen to local people who come visit. No sort of recognition to the existing community who tries to reach out. Nothing! I tried myself with 2 or three visits to FB HQ in 2013. After that, even high-level executives from Blackberry that I talked to told me it was to no avail. They don’t listen. It means Zuck & co. don’t care about country-internal, and down to local, issues and people. Too bad.. I think Mr. Trump is right, Zuckerberg’s spearheading and leading efforts to just ship in cheaper tech workers and neglect us who are here for his and his company’s benefit. Very sad but also very awesome that someone like Mr. Trump is opposing. And proposing the RIGHT policies. Zuckerberg losing points.

 
 
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