Won’t allow H1B visa holders to replace US workers: Trump

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File Photo: President-elect Donald Trump after his victory, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.  Photo - AP/PTI

File Photo: President-elect Donald Trump after his victory, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo – AP/PTI

President-elect Donald Trump has reiterated that he will not allow Americans to be replaced by foreign workers, including Indians.

“We will fight to protect every last American life,” Trump told thousands of his supporters in Iowa on Thursday as he referred to the cases of Disney world and other US companies.

“During the campaign I also spent time with American workers who were laid off and forced to train. The foreign workers brought in to replace them. We won’t let this happen anymore,” Trump vowed amidst cheers and applause from the audience.

Disney World and two outsourcing companies have been slapped with a federal lawsuit by two of its former technology staff, alleging that they conspired to displace American workers with cheaper foreign labour brought to the US on H-1B visas, mostly from India.

“Can you believe that? You get laid off and then they won’t give you your severance pay unless you train the people that are replacing you. I mean, that’s actually demeaning maybe more than anything else,” he said.

The two employees – Leo Perrero and Dena Moore – were among 250 Disney tech workers laid off from their jobs at Walt Disney World in Orlando in January 2015. They have also dragged two IT companies HCL Inc and Cognizent Technologies into this class action lawsuit.

On immigration, Trump reiterated that he will build the wall along the Mexico border.

“We will put an end to illegal immigration and stop the drugs from pouring into our country, the drugs are pouring into our country, poisoning our youth and plenty of other people,” he said.

(With inputs from agencies)