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Does Donald Trump As US President Pose A Threat To Indian IT Firms?


Donald Trump has emerged as a clear favourite to bag the Republican nomination for the US Presidential elections later this year.


He has proved critics wrong and if his story continues, he could be well be the next President of the US. He has taken a solid stand on protecting American jobs and if his statements on H-1B visas are to be believed, than companies like Infosys and TCS face a real threat to their business in the US.

Does Donald Trump As US President Pose A Threat To Indian IT Firms?
IT professionals from India and major Indian IT companies are major beneficiary of H-1B, a non-immigrant visa in the US which allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in speciality occupations.

Donald Trump has said that the H-1B visa programme to employ highly-skilled foreign workers at his own businesses should end as it is "very unfair" for American workers and has been taking away their jobs.

Trump said that he has been endorsed by Disney workers - where several people lost their job due to H-1B visa workers.

"Because it is a mess. I think for a period of a year to two years we have to look back and we have to see, just to answer the second part of your question, where we are, where we stand, what's going on," Trump said when asked for how long he would pause the H-1B visa programme.


"We have to sort of take a strong, good, hard look and come up with plans that work."

Business prospects for IT companies would be hit, if does take a strong, hard look. Leading Indian IT firms derive bulk of their business from the US. Recently, there were hit by the increase in visa fees and now several Presidential hopefuls including Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are talking of protecting American jobs.

Recently, the controversy spiraled after Walt Disney employees were laid-off by employees having H 1 B Visas.

A New York Times Report reads: "Americans have gone to federal court to sue both outsourcing companies that imported immigrants and the American company that contracted with those businesses, claiming that they collaborated intentionally to supplant Americans with H-1B workers," following the Disney episode.

At the moment, the first thing of course is that Donald Trump needs victory - and if he does win, whether this was an empty election rhetoric or a real interest in protecting American jobs, only time will tell.

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Story first published: Monday, March 14, 2016, 9:03 [IST]
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