Trump promises US green card for foreign graduates

June 22, 2024
Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Racine, Wisconsin, on June 18, 2024. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump said he wants to grant green cards to foreign graduates from US colleges, in an apparent softening of his typically hard-line view on immigration, a key election issue.


The Republican candidate made the remarks in a podcast published on Friday, days after President Joe Biden announced a citizenship pathway for immigrants married to US nationals, counterbalancing his recent crackdown on illegal border crossings.

“What I want to do and what I will do is, you graduate from a college, I think you should get automatically as part of your diploma a green card to be able to stay in this country,” Trump told the All-In podcast. A green card is the commonly used name for a permanent resident card in the United States and a step toward citizenship.

Trump said this should include “anybody who graduates from a college,” including those who complete two-year programmes, known as junior colleges, and doctoral graduates.

Asked initially on the podcast if he would promise to help import the “best and the brightest around the world to America,” Trump replied: “I do promise.” He added: “I know of stories where people graduated from a top college, or from a college, and they desperately want to stay here... and they can´t.