Raj Shah: Donald Trump not anti-immigrant, but anti-illegal

Updated: 21 November, 2017 10:34 IST | Agencies | Washington

Congressional panel passes legislation that imposes more restrictions on H-1B work visas

President Donald Trump is not anti-immigrant, a prominent Indian-American official in the White House has said after a Congressional panel passed a legislation that imposes more restrictions on the H-1B work visas, the most sought after by Indian IT professionals. "President Trump has put forward a pretty serious set of proposals on immigration; not just on enforcement but also about reforming the legal system to make it more merit-based right with ideas that work for the US economy and for the American worker," White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

"First of all, I don't think that the rhetoric is anti-immigrant. I think it's anti-illegal immigration," he said. Shah's comments come days after a key Congressional committee passed a legislation that proposes to increase the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders from $60,0000 to $90,000 and imposes a number of restrictions on the work visa that is popular among Indian IT professionals.

First Published: 21 November, 2017 10:30 IST

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