Ramaswamy Accused of Hypocrisy: Profited from Immigration, Now Plans to ‘Gut’ H-1B Visa Program

When it comes to immigration, Vivek Ramaswamy takes a do as I say, not as I do approach. Here is what the Republican presidential candidate has planned for foreign workers if he lands in the Oval Office.

A Good Story

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GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has an inspiring story, and one that gives hope to anyone who finds themselves in a tough spot.

Successful Immigrants

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Both of Ramaswamy’s parents immigrated to the United States, and both built impressive careers.

Lots of Pressure

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Ramaswamy himself was born in the U.S. and had the sort of privileged but pressured childhood that comes from being pushed by a couple of Type-A overachievers.

He’s a Rousing Success

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His parents’ work ethic and smarts seem to have rubbed off on Ramaswamy, as the 38-year-old has, by his own calculation, founded multiple billion-dollar companies.

He Had Help

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What Ramaswamy isn’t so quick to point out is that he built much of his riches on the backs of other immigrants.

He Had Lots of Help

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In particular, Ramaswamy’s companies hired 29 immigrants on H-1B visas from 2018 to 2023.

He Doesn’t Like the System

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Those employees were key to the success of those ventures, but Ramaswamy apparently isn’t so fond of the system that gave him his leg up.

Bad for Everyone

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Speaking to Politico in mid-September, Ramaswamy said he plans to “gut” the H-1B program if he’s elected.

He thinks it’s a pretty bad deal for everyone.

Death to Lotteries

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Instead of the current system, which Ramaswamy calls a “lottery,” he wants to build a worker immigration program built solely on merit.

Breaking the Chain

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One of the biggest changes Ramaswamy wants to make is to kill what he calls “chain-based” immigration, which has some leeway from family members of workers.

They Aren’t Worthy

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According to Ramaswamy, those family members aren’t worthy of tagging along because they do not “make skills-based contributions to this country.”

President Two-Face?

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But isn’t the GOP candidate being two-faced since he benefited so richly from the system he wants to destroy?

She Sees No Problem

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No way, says Tricia McLaughlin, Ramaswamy’s press secretary.

Her take is that he was just using the advantages available to him.

It’s Not His Fault

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But, according to McLaughlin, the system is broken, and Ramaswamy is intent on fixing it if he takes the highest office in the land.

And Nothing Else Is, Either

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She even draws a comparison to another area where Ramaswamy uses a system that doesn’t sit well with his core.

He Likes to Bathe

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“Vivek believes that regulations overseeing the U.S. energy sector are badly broken, but he still uses water and electricity,” McLaughlin says.

Business as Usual

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Ramaswamy’s bluster around H-1B visas fits with the overall tenor of his campaign to this point.

Just Like His Hero

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Many have compared him to the 2016 version of Donald Trump.

Like that Trump, Ramaswamy is an outsider who has never held office and who promises to blow up the status quo.

Following the Trump Trail

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Trump also laid the groundwork for this H-1B rhetoric.

Like Ramaswamy, the former president used immigrants to run his businesses before suspending the visa program when he took office.

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