(NEWSnet/AP) – Donald Trump has already served one term at the White House, but is introducing new ideas as he seeks another run in the 2024 election cycle.

Trump is currently the leading Republican candidate for president; the party will open its nominating convention on July 15.

Green Card Proposal

 

During a podcast interview that posted Thursday, Trump said he wants foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges to be automatically eligible for green card status.

The Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as green card, allows people to live and work permanently in the United States. There are a number of specific eligibility categories such as being an immediate family member of a U.S. citizen. A green card designation can be a step toward citizenship application.

“What I want to do and what I will do is you graduate from a college, I think you should get automatically as part of your diploma a green card to be able to stay in this country. And that includes junior colleges too, anybody graduates from a college. You go there for two years or four years,” Trump said said, vowing to address this concern on day one should he be elected again.

This is considerably different from other statements on immigration; as he has also promised to enact large-scale deportation if elected.

Trump and his allies often say they distinguish between people entering illegally versus legally. But during his administration, Trump proposed curbs on legal immigration such as family-based visas and the visa lottery program.

Tax-Free Tipped Wage Proposal

 

During a June 9 rally in Nevada, Trump proposed excluding tipped wages from federal taxes. The idea is getting strong support from some Republican lawmakers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are over 2 million people working as wait staff in the country, where tips consisting of a large percentage of their income. Nevada, where he made the announcement, has the highest concentration of tipped workers in the country, followed by Hawaii and Florida.

Democrats have instead traditionally considered an increase in hourly wages to be an appropriate response to the challenges of hospitality workers. There are efforts in some states to gradually increase the minimum wage so that their base pay is more in line with workers in other industries.

Trump has not specified whether his tax break idea is just for federal income taxes, or would also include payroll tax for Medicare and Social Security.

While for workers this could mean more take-home pay under either option, it would also cut into the tax revenues for the federal government.

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