- Yuri Gripas/Reuters; Samantha Lee/Business Insider
- JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told Business Insider in an interview that any law-abiding person who graduates from a US university should be given a green card alongside the degree, regardless of their immigration status.
- According to Dimon, President Trump said in a meeting with him that he agreed with this idea.
Any law-abiding graduate from a US university should receive a green card, regardless of their immigration status, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told Business Insider in an interview.
Dimon, speaking to Business Insider in July in San Diego, said that President Trump also agrees with this idea. This stands in contrast to the hard line that the White House has taken to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which shields nearly 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the US as minors – many of who are now university students – from deportation.
“The fact is, most Americans want proper border security. That’s doesn’t necessarily mean the wall but the fact is we didn’t have it for the last 20 years. But do that, make DACA, everyone who is DACA stay, give the law-abiding, undocumented a chance, a path to legal status and citizenship. Anyone who gets a degree here should get a green card with the degree,” Dimon said. “Even President Trump in a meeting said to me and a whole bunch of other people, ‘I want to do that.’ We’ll let’s just go ahead and do it.”
Dimon made the remarks in the midst of an annual bus tour driving around the US to visit branch employees, customers and local officials.
This is not the first time that Dimon has called for immigration reform. In September 2017, he said that young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children should be allowed to stay in the country.
He has also spoken against against the policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border with Mexico.
A White House official did not respond for comment.