The United States President, Donald Trump has decided to suspend temporary work visas for foreigners, until the end of 2020 by signing an executive order.
Trump’s decision will affect H-1B visas, for all those who have been employed in highly specialized fields, H-2 visas for seasonal workers, who do non-agricultural work, H-4 visas for spouses of H-1B visa holders; L-1 Issued to intracompany managers or executives and J-1 visas for scholars and professors.
The administration says that this move could free up a total of 525,000 jobs to be filled by American nationals.
According to immigration advocates, President Trump is targeting immigrants for domestic political reasons, VisaGuide.World reports.
Immigrant groups also believe that the US President is targeting immigrants to placate his political base.
“Immigrant workers are vital to the American workforce. As our nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, immigrants in all industries will be essential to rebuilding our nation,” the executive director of the American Immigration Council, Beth Werlin, pointed out.
The new decision extends the original ban imposed by President Trump, until December 30. The order also is expanded by the imposed restrictions on work visas.
On April, Trump temporarily suspended immigration to the United States. According to him, the temporary suspension of immigration was a needed move to protect American jobs amid the Coronavirus pandemic situation. Trump also suspended the issuance of green cards for 60 days for internationals who wish to live in the US, which order was set to expire on Monday.
Regarding the issue, an immigration policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, David Bier, stressed that “suspending the L-1 visa for foreign corporate executives would hurt the American economy.”
“It’s a crucial tool for growth and innovation, and the admin would hurt the recovery by ending it,” Bier said.
Trump’s decision comes days after its efforts to end the DACA program. The Supreme Court decided to reject President Donald Trump’s bid to end the legal protection for 652,000 young immigrants who live and work in the United States.
Trump administration’s decision to put an end to the program was considered “arbitrary and capricious” by the Cheif Justice John Roberts, who wrote the 5-4 majority opinion.