Donald Trump has been praised for following through with promises he made to voters on the campaign trail, but the president has remained largely silent on two programs he vowed to end within days of being sworn into office: DACA and the H-1B visa program.
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On the trail, Donald Trump promised to “immediately terminate” Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children from deportation.
“We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants,” Trump said during a speech in Phoenix in August.
Then he pledged to kill the H-1B visa program with “no exceptions” because, he believes, it allows companies to import foreign workers and replace American workers for a lower cost.
“I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program,” Trump said on his own website last March. “No exceptions.”
Trump is 49 days into his presidency, and he hasn’t touched either one.
The White House has avoided giving a direct answer about revamping or ending the H-1B visa program. When asked about it at the briefing Wednesday, press secretary Sean Spicer said this:
“I think we have talked before about immigration as a whole. I think there is the legal part of immigration and then the illegal part of immigration. The president’s actions that he’s taken in terms of his executive order and other revamping of immigration policy have focused on our border security, keeping our country safe, our people safe. And then obviously, whether it’s H-1B or the other one — spousal visas and other areas, student visas — I think there is a natural desire have a full, comprehensive look at that.”
He gave nearly the exact same answer when asked about the program in January.
“There has already been a lot of action on immigration and whether it’s that or the spousal visas or other types of visas I think there’s an overall need to look at all these programs,” Spicer said at the time. “You’ll see both through executive action and through comprehensive legislative measures a way to address immigration as a whole and the visa program.”
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