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Trump Claims Indian Grads Return Home And Become Multi-Billionaires

Donald Trump, on the All-In Podcast, proposed that foreign students graduating from U.S. universities should automatically receive green cards.

By Rashaad Ather
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Former US President Donald Trump suggested in an All-In Podcast episode that foreign students graduating from U.S. universities should automatically receive green cards, allowing them to start businesses exclusively in the U.S.

"They become multi-billionaires employing thousands and thousands of people, and it could have been done here," he added.

“What I want to do and what I will do is – you graduate from a college, I think you should get a Green Card automatically as part of your diploma, a Green Card to be able to stay in this country. And that includes junior colleges too,” Trump said in the podcast.

According to Trump, it stops students from going back to their home countries, like India and China, where they often become successful entrepreneurs. 

The former president mentioned stories of people wanting to stay in the US after college but being unable to and ended up starting similar companies in India or China.

Change In Election Policy:

Interestingly, Trump is known for his extremist ideas and policies targetting immigrants. Trump, known for his hardline anti-immigrant stance, seemed to be addressing a crucial election issue in the U.S.

In 2023, the U.S. issued a record number of over 140,000 visas to Indian students, and the demand has been even higher in 2024.

Immigration has been a key topic in the upcoming US presidential elections, with a recent poll showing that 59% of U.S. voters support citizenship for immigrants.

It could potentially mean a large number of talented foreign students settling in the US who could contribute to innovation and job creation in India.

This also marks a big change from Trump's previous stance on immigration. During his presidency, Trump put in place several restrictions on green cards, visa programs, and other forms of legal immigration, which led to a significant decrease in the number of lawful permanent residents entering the country.