The U.S. to freeze visas for foreign workers until the end of 2020

The U.S. freezes visas for foreign workers until the end of 2020 - We The World Magazine
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The White House tipped on Monday that President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that will halt immigrants to enter the US until the end of this year.

“In order to protect our great American workers, I’ve just signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States.”

-President Donald Trump via NBC News

If implemented, the executive order will affect an application for H1B visas for tech workers, H2B visas for low-skilled job workers, H4 visa for a spouse, J visas for students participating in work, and student exchange, as well as L visas for intracompany transfer, NBC news reports.

The President cites economic downfall and the need to preserve jobs for the US citizens for his plans to sign the executive orders. “This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first-in-line for jobs as our economy reopens,” Trump said in a public briefing.

The White House has reportedly predicted that the executive order will save 525,000 American jobs. This new potential order includes the halting of visas for certain categories of Green card holders or H4 visas.

NBC News notes that the sweeping policy to halt most of the immigrant visas in line with the immigration hard-liners of the country’s administration, who have been pressing to restrict the number of immigrants working in the US economy, even before the pandemic stuck.

However, it is subjected to backlash from the business community which has lobbied against interfering with the hiring pool. Also, as soon as the news came to the forefront, Immigration advocacy groups have started pushing back the order.

“While the government claims that limiting these individuals’ entry into the U.S. will create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans, the reality is that the jobs that these foreign nationals would have held are ones that U.S. workers can’t or won’t fill,” director of government relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Sharvari Dalal-Dheini was quoted as saying.

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