Indians studying in educational institutions in US should not be kicked out as the country needs smart people like them, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said.
In an interview to a news channel, Trump said, “"Whether we like that or not, they pay, et cetera, et cetera but we educate a lot of people, very smart people. We need those people in the country."
"They cannot come into the country. You know, they go to Harvard, they are first in their class and they're from India they go back to India and they set up companies and they make a fortune and they employ lots of people and all of that," he said.
"Many people want to stay in this country and then want to do that. I think somebody that goes through years of college in this country we shouldn't kick them out the day they graduate, which we do," Trump said clarifying his position on certain aspect of H-1B visas.
Trump has accused widely of having an "all or nothing" stance when it comes to immigrants. There are around 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US.
He has been vocal for scrapping of the H-1B visa programme from start of his presidential campaign as he thinks it is unfair for American workers and has been snatching their jobs away.
IT experts from India and major Indian IT firms are beneficiary of H-1B, a non-immigrant visa in US which allows US employers to briefly employ foreign workers in speciality occupations.