It took just 64 minutes after Thursday’s debate for Donald Trump to change his position on immigration again.
Pressed by Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly during the debate about his positions on high-skilled visas, Mr. Trump, whose website calls for eliminating the H1-B class of visas that allow companies to import high-skilled immigrants, said he’d changed his mind.
“I’m changing. I’m changing,” he said. “We need highly skilled people in this country, and if we can’t do it, we’ll get them in. But, and we do need in Silicon Valley, we absolutely have to have.”
He continued: “So, we do need highly skilled, and one of the biggest problems we have is people go to the best colleges. They’ll go to Harvard, they’ll go to Stanford, they’ll go to Wharton; as soon as they’re finished they’ll get shoved out. They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately; they’re not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brain power in this country.”
This is different from what Mr. Trump’s policy position is. At 12:14 a.m. Friday, Mr. Trump’s campaign sent reporters a statement titled “Donald J. Trump position on visas.”
“Megyn Kelly asked about highly-skilled immigration,” Mr. Trump’s statement said. “The H-1B program is neither high-skilled nor immigration: these are temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay. I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse and ending outrageous practices such as those that occurred at Disney in Florida when Americans were forced to train their foreign replacements. 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. No exceptions.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio immediately slammed Mr. Trump for his policy change.
“Tonight Donald Trump finally took an actual position,” Mr. Rubio said in a statement provided by his campaign. “But as soon as the debate was over, his handlers made him reverse himself. The Republican nominee cannot be somebody who is totally clueless on so many issues, including his signature issue.”