Indian tech professionals show support towards Trump’s immigration reforms

A number of have been happening in the issue of immigration policies of the United States. After the recent news of newer security measures for the list of 11 nations, now President Donald Trump is pushing for a merit based policy of entry and wants to put an end to the chain migration which is the spouse and other dependants such as children to the States.

President Trump called upon Democrats to join him to work together on this new system for the benefit of Americans on Wednesday. This will also benefit IT professionals as they’ll be able to seek migration through merit and thus thousands of tech professionals from India who were in queue to get green cards issued to them rallied in front of the White House, supporting this new reform.

In a release last week, Trump proposed four pillars of immigration reform that include a way to citizenship for almost 1.8 million illegal immigrants also popularly known as ‘Dreamers’ who were brought in the US by their parents at a young age, border security, ending the visa lottery programme and limiting family-based migration.

The participants in the rally, many of whom were software engineers, yesterday had banner and posters with slogans like ‘Cut Green Card backlog’, ‘strictly merit-based point system’, ‘end country limit’, ‘we need to support legal dreamers’, and ‘We support Trump’ in one of the rare pro-trump rallies since he came to power.

“Tonight I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens, of every background, colour and creed,” Trump said in his 80-minute address to the audience and press. He emphasized that such a system was crucial for the development of the nations. “It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country,” he explained.

According to Republican Hindu Coalition, there are nearly 200,000 children of legal immigrants-in-line from India who simply age out at 21 and have return because their parents have a 60 year wait to get their green card after it is approved and this reform will thus help Indians at large.