Longtime Trump Ally Breaks From Him Over Green Cards for College Grads

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – On June 21, an ally of former President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, disagreed with the former president over issuing green cards to foreign-born students who graduate from college in the United States.

On his podcast “War Room,” Bannon, the White House chief strategist during Trump’s first administration, stated that exit visas should be “clipped to the diploma” of foreign students graduating from college in the U.S. instead of green cards. Bannon said most people “want to live back where they come from or where their folks are.” He said foreign students should be accepted to attend U.S. colleges on a “selective basis” before going back to their own country to work and make it “great again.” He added the people of the United States “want the nations of the earth to also make themselves great again.”

Bannon’s comments come one day after Trump stated on the podcast “All In” that foreign students graduating from college in the U.S. should automatically be given green cards with their diplomas. Trump campaign national press secretary Karoline Leavitt clarified that the proposal would not affect American workers and “only apply to the most thoroughly vetted college graduates.”

Bannon was not the only one to criticize Trump’s proposal.

Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian called Trump’s plan a “cockamamie proposal.” He added that he agrees students graduating with “a Ph.D. at a university in a hard science” should get green cards. However, he noted he has a problem with the idea that graduates from “a bogus two-year master’s program or gender studies [major]” would also be issued green cards.

The president of the conservative Immigration Accountability Project, Chris Chmielenski, said giving green cards to all foreign college graduates would lead to reduced wages for American citizens and increased job competition.

The Biden campaign responded to the proposal, calling it an “empty promise.”

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