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Foreign students from top United States colleges should stay on to help American firms grow: Trump

PTI/Agencies, New Delhi
05/01/2019   0 Comments

Ruing that talented foreign students are leaving the United States after studying in the country's best educational institutions, President Donald Trump has said he wants people with merit to stay in America and help the growth of companies here. Addressing a press conferences on Friday, Trump said the US is "losing out on great minds" as the country has a "ridiculous" immigration policy. He reiterated his wish to end loopholes in the legal immigration system so as to attract more people based on merit. Trump said his administration wants people to come into the country legally and on merit. We have all these companies coming in. We need great people. But we want them to come in on a merit basis, and they have to come in on a merit basis. They can't come in the way they've been coming in for years, Trump told reporters during a news conference here.

Trump was referring to difficulties being faced by foreign students to stay and work in the US after they complete their education in the country. Trump said that this issue was discussed with Democratic Congressional leadership during a meeting at the White House on Friday. Referring to the killing of California's Indian-origin police officer Ronil "Ron" Singh allegedly by an illegal immigrant, Trump said the US needs a "secure border" to keep "Americans safe" and check illegal immigration. Trump spoke to the wife and police colleagues of this Indian origin police officer on Thursday. Trump Thursday spoke with the widow and colleagues of the Indian-origin police officer who was killed at a traffic stop on December 26 by an illegal immigrant named Gustavo Perez Arriaga when he was planning to flee to his native Mexico.

...A wonderful, young police officer -- I spoke to his wife yesterday -- was shot, viciously shot, for simply stopping a person that came over the border illegally. Got shot. Killed. We don't want that happening, he said. The president has shut down the government, demanding USD 5 billion for his border wall with Mexico but Democrats have refused to meet the demand. The impasse has left more than 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay since December 22.

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