In one of the more toned down Republican presidential debates of the campaign season, the four GOP candidates on Thursday night played nice with each other – for the most part – when it came to one of the most contentious issues of the 2016 campaign season: immigration.
Instead of the heated back-and-forths viewers have come to expect from previous debates, the four candidates on the stage in Coral Gables, Florida, laid out their plans for what to do with topics from H-1B visas for skilled workers to a path to citizenship.
“We need to redefine our legal immigration system so it meets the needs of America,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said. “We’re going to build a wall, triple border patrols and end sanctuary cities.”
He added, “We need an immigration system that benefits the American people.”
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, who brought immigration to the forefront of the Republican debate, said that even though he benefits as a businessman from H-1B visas, he would do away with them because they put American workers out of jobs.
Trump said: “I shouldn’t be allowed to use” them, because it’s “very, very bad for workers.”
“I’m a businessman and I have to do what I have to do,” he added with a shrug. “It’s very unfair for our workers, and we should end it.”
Trump has also called for a pause on green cards for foreign workers. He said he envisions that lasting for a year or two because, “We’re rushing into things.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio suggested that the way in which green cards and temporary worker visas are doled out should be changed. “We need to move to a merit-based system,” he said.
By Fox News Latino
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