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Monday 25 September 2017

J1 students excited about American dream despite 'worries' over Trump

Aine Foley (21), who studies primary school teaching, hopes to secure a job before she travels to the United States
Aine Foley (21), who studies primary school teaching, hopes to secure a job before she travels to the United States

Irish students remain excited about heading to the States on J1 visas despite President Donald Trump's "worrying" policies.

Trump had previously threatened to "terminate" the J1 programme. However, students were relieved to hear it has been extended, with 2,600 more visas being allocated this year.

At the J1 Job Fair in Dublin yesterday, students crowded through the doors on the hunt for jobs.

Experience

Aine Foley (21) studies primary school teaching in Dublin City University (DCU) and was hopeful she would secure a job before heading to the US.

"It's something I've been looking forward to since I was younger. My brother, who's five years older, went over and he had the time of his life," she said.

"I really wanted to have that experience for myself."

She added that she was "delighted" when she heard J1s would continue.

When asked about some of Trump's policies she said: "I do find them a little bit worrying. We all have different views but I think he has very strong views that most people might find a bit worrying."

Sean O'Sullivan (20) studies business and economics in Trinity College and is happy he is going to New York as he does not think Trump has many supporters there.

"I think it'll be interesting to see. There seems to be a lot of protesting going on and he's making a lot of decisions every day," he said.

Lucy Forte (21) from DCU was not too concerned about Trump. "I don't know if it would make much difference to me now," she said.

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