American workers need to be protected from “the ravages of global wage competition,” former Breitbart News Executive Chairman and White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon says in a new interview with GQ magazine.
While railing against the mass importation of foreign workers to supply Silicon Valley, California’s tech industry hub and its corporations with cheap labor, Bannon said that, specifically, the H-1B visa is contributing to pushing working-class Americans out of the tech industry.
A partial transcript of the interview follows:
GQ: You’ve mentioned your unhappiness that there are so many Asian and Indian executives in Silicon Valley. But if the U.S. is going to win any kind of tech race, will it really be done exclusively with white guys from, say, Richmond? Doesn’t the country need all hands on deck?
BANNON: Yes, I do believe you need all hands on deck. When I made that comment, I made that comment about the H1-B visas. I have absolutely no problem with American citizens—if they’re American citizens—being heads of companies, regardless of their ethnicity. I have a big problem with foreign nationals coming into the country to be to be CEOs of companies. [Emphasis added]