Donald Trump says he shares some of Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration views

Among a wide range of issues that candidates tackled last night at the GOP debate was immigration reform.

Donald Trump tussled with Becky Quick, a CNBC moderator, on the issue of whether he was critical of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s position on immigration.

Here is the exchange, per the Washington Post annotated transcript:

QUICK: Mr. Trump, let’s stay on this issue of immigration. You have been very critical of Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook who has wanted to increase the number of these H1Bs.

TRUMP: I was not at all critical of him. I was not at all. In fact, frankly, he’s complaining about the fact that we’re losing some of the most talented people. They go to Harvard. They go to Yale. They go to Princeton. They come from another country and they’re immediately sent out.

I am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in Silicon Valley.

QUICK: So you’re in favor of…

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: So I have nothing at all critical of him.

QUICK: Where did I read this and come up with this that you were…

In fact, in his first position paper, Trump criticized Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, for his support of immigration reform and called him “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator,” as I wrote in August.

Trump has been critical of the H-1B visa program, which would expand under the Senate immigration reform bill Rubio helped to shepherd and that Zuckerberg’s issues advocacy group, FWD.us, supports.

But Trump has also talked about changing U.S. law to make it easier for talented people to stay in the U.S., as he did last night. And he has talked about mass deportation of people in the U.S. illegally, which FWD.us opposes.

Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, said in an email Thursday that “candidates wrongly asserted that they were in agreement with the tech community on immigration.” He went on:

Let’s be clear – that couldn’t be further from the truth. We wanted to make sure that you knew the facts and exactly where we stand.

Three out of four Americans support common sense immigration reform….And, like them, we utterly reject the concept, proposed by some candidates, of mass deportation.

Above: Donald Trump (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

 

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  • Dave Francis

    LIBERALS & DEMOCRATS & EVEN GOP ESTABLISHMENT, TRUMP
    IS ON THE MOVE AND YOUR HAVE A HARD TIME STOPPING HIM NOW?

    DID YOU SEE ALL THE GATES OF CORPORATIONS, SMALL AND LARGE
    BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIAL FACTORIES CLOSE AFTER (NAFTA) THE MEXICAN TRADE
    TREATY CAME INTO EFFECT AFTER January 1, 1994? THEN JAPAN AND CHINA TOOK
    OVER AND YOU HEARD THE CLICK OF PADLOCKS AS OUR MANUFACTURING BASE MOVED
    OVERSEAS? DONALD TRUMP WILL CHANGE ALL THIS THROUGH RENEGOTIATING MORE HONEST,
    FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. HE IS THE ONLY PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER WHO WILL DARE TO
    DO IT?

    DONALD TRUMP WILL ADD MORE JOBS, LESS TAXES AND A FAR SUPERIOR
    ECONOMY. NO INFLUENCE OF THE POWERFUL. THE WEALTHY BUYERS OF VOTES CANNOT
    AFFORD TRUMP. THIS IS WHY WASHINGTON IS SO
    CORRUPT. THE NASTY PHENOMENA OF LOBBYISTS CROWDING POLITICIANS WHILE THE
    CONGRESS AND SENATE ARE IN SESSION, OFFERING MONEY INCENTIVES TO ELECTION CAMPAIGNS,
    AND BUYING THEIR LOYALTY. EVEN THE
    MAINSTREAM MEDIA WILL LIE, AND NEVER TELL THE TRUTH? THERE PROPAGANDA SYNCHRONIZES WITH
    THE DEMOCRATS. THE PRESS WILL TAKE DONALD TRUMPS STATEMENTS OUT OF CONTEXT AND
    THEN PRINT IT. MOST PARAMOUNT IS ENDING
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. WE MUST CURTAIL THE
    ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION AND TRUMP WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS WITH THE WALL AND BACKING
    IT UP WITH MANDATORY E-VERIFY. NO MORE MR. NICE GUY WITH BUSINESS OWNERS WHO
    BREAK THE LAW. TRUMP WILL BREAK THE CURRENT FLOW OF POVERTY STRICKEN, SICK, AND
    MENTALLY ILL AND CRIMINALS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD–COMPLIMENTS OF KING BARACK
    OBAMA? OUR FAIR TRADE TREATIES ARE NEITHER FAIR NOR EQUITABLE.

    Do you
    remember the outcome of (NAFTA) the Mexican so called Trade agreement? In
    actual fact it was between Canada and Mexico, which was supposed to be a great free
    enterprise for the United States? Well we have had massive trade
    deficit since this outcome including the staggering $181 billion U.S. trade
    deficit with partners Mexico and Canada and the related loss of 1 million plus
    U.S. jobs under and growing income inequality; not to forget the displacement
    of more than one million Mexican campesino
    farmers and a desperate movement of illegal immigration from Mexico to survive.
    The non Free Trade is a nemesis for our country and huge profit margins for the
    mega companies, which has a serious impact on the American people.

    The U.S. trade deficit with China was $318.7 billion in 2013. This is a new record, up slightly from last
    year’s record of $315 billion. The trade deficit exists regardless of the
    fact that U.S. exports to China were also the highest in
    history, at $121.7 billion. Nonetheless, imports from China also set a record —
    $440.5 billion, more than the $425 billion imported in 2012. The deficit
    keeps growing because imports are rising faster than exports. Japan’s trade deficit swelled to a record
    $109 billion in 2014. This is not the Free Trade which is theoretically to be talking
    about? The Multinational companies have
    stripped millions of jobs for America, and transported their mega corporations
    overseas and the trade with these countries and soon The Trans-Pacific Partnership
    (TPP) treaty
    that along with other treaties condemn us to a third world nation along with the growing poverty.
    The latest moves to Mexico or Overseas, Ford, Nabisco and Allegan.

    You
    should consider how much more Donald Trump can do for your family, your
    relatives and the American people? Far much more than the puppets who must bear
    commitment to their wealthy benefactors that hand out the money. He needs
    nothing from them. They have no corruptible power or influence over him; they
    cannot buy him, unlike maybe Carson, Clinton, Bush, EXCEPT
    FOR I BELIEVE SEN. TED CRUZ. That’s why the so
    called high and mighty GOP or Democrats are proclaiming their battle lines to
    destroy Trump. They have no choice, because they are crippled by the money on
    loan from the special interests and that later want something from the
    legislators in return?

    I
    watched the Democratic cynical moderators yesterday in Boulder, Colorado using mostly ‘Gotcha
    Questions’ against the GOP career politicians and the outsiders. Trump was casual
    and very compliant and didn’t let any remarks catch him irritated. I believe he
    is realizing that he must quell his temper, when it comes to handling people?
    But that doesn’t mean foreign dignitaries or domestic lawmakers, who assume he
    can be intimidated, think he is easy prey?

  • jackinkeywest

    Trump is RIGHT! Get rid (ie. DEPORT) all the ILLEGAL ALIENS in the USA, build the wall, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  • DonHonda

    There is no STEM crisis. There is in fact a surplus of US workers for STEM:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeleef/2014/06/06/true-or-false-america-desperately-needs-more-stem-workers/

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/the-administration/257041-obamas-latest-plan-to-rewrite-immigration-law

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/21801-sen-sessions-rep-brat-warn-colleagues-to-curb-immigration

    Watch Dan Rather’s Doc: No Thanks For Everything

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/static/the-stem-crisis-is-a-myth-an-ongoing-discussion
    The STEM Crisis is a Myth: An Ongoing Discussion
    Throughout the month of September, we’ll provide continuing coverage and debate

    https://gspp.berkeley.edu/assets/uploads/research/pdf/h1b.pdf
    The Effects of High-Skilled Immigration Policy on Firms: Evidence from H-1B Visa Lotteries

    http://www.epi.org/blog/h-1b-visas-do-not-create-jobs-or-improve-conditions-for-u-s-workers/
    H-1B Visas Do Not Create Jobs or Improve Conditions for U.S. Workers

    The immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explain how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programmers_Guild

    On May 2, 2008 a civil court judge sided with the Programmers Guild in their complaint against a Pittsburgh computer consulting company and ordered it to pay $45,000 in penalties for discriminating against legal US residents by advertising only for developers on H-1B visas. The case was brought against iGate Mastech for placing an advertisement for thirty computer programmers in 2006 “that expressly favored H-1B visa holders to the exclusion of US citizens, lawful permanent citizens and other legal US workers” according to the US Department of Justice.[8]

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/did-you-know-obama-just-took-new-executive-action-on-immigration/article/2562053

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/28/obama-prepares-give-away-white-collar-jobs-citizenship-foreign-graduates/
    Obama Prepares Give-Away of White-Collar Jobs And Citizenship To Foreign Graduates

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/238574-trade-agreement-is-a-trojan-horse-for-obamas-immigration

    Obama just expanded definitions of “specialized knowledge” and no rule to hire US workers first leads to even more abuse of the L1-B Visas

    Here’s where Job Brokers abuse the H1B Visas, provide fake job histories and resumes, provide bogus training:

    http://www.revealnews.org/article/job-brokers-steal-wages-entrap-indian-tech-workers-in-us/

    http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Grassley-Statement-Concerning-Immigration-Reforms-296630751.html

  • Efliv1

    too many immigrants kills jobs and depresses wages for american workers

  • M. Synap

    i know of some americans that are being shipped to foreign countries to work for Google, 4 example

 
 
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