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Trump to H1B visa holders: ‘Path to citizenship’ could be coming soon

Trump to H1B visa holders: ‘Path to citizenship’ could be coming soon

President Trump on Friday indicated plans to change policies for visa holders, tweeting that a “path to citizenship” for H-1B holders was potentially possible under his administration.

In a tweet posted as the president returned from his trip the day before to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump declared that the U.S. desires to see “talented and highly skilled people” immigrate to the U.S. and pursue careers.

“H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” Trump said.

“We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.,” he continued.

The H1-B system, which allows U.S. companies to hire temporary foreign workers to fill needs not met by the U.S. workforce, is not intended as a permanent path to citizenship for immigrants coming to the United States.

Immigration reform has been a centerpiece of the Trump administration.

The president has battled Democrats in Congress for weeks over his proposed border wall. He has demanded $5 billion to construct the wall and the federal government has been partially shut down for weeks over his demands. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in funding for border security measures.

The partial shutdown, which affects about one-fourth of the federal government, reached its twenty-first day on Friday with no end in sight.