In early April, President Trump halted certain green cards, in order to protect American jobs. With the country in lockdown over the pandemic, his goal was to make sure Americans’ jobs were waiting for them when the country reopened.
With states reopening since May, the administration is eyeing further measures to prevent newcomers from taking American jobs. To that end, the president has announced a halt of the H-1B visa program:
The Trump administration on Monday announced it will suspend certain visas that allow foreigners to move to the U.S. temporarily to work, saying the broad restrictions will ease the economic impact of the coronavirus and improve the prospects of Americans looking for employment during the pandemic…
The White House estimates that both proclamations will free up 525,000 jobs by the end of the year, according to the senior administration official.
Pro-American critics often blame the H-1B visa program for depriving Americans workers (particularly white-collar workers) of jobs. Major companies, including Silicon Valley tech giants, hire temporary workers through this program. Critics often accuse these companies of forcing American workers to train their replacements, who take jobs back to their homes overseas.
Democrats and many globalist-minded Republicans have endorsed the H-1B visa program for years, because of how it benefits large corporations. This move by the Trump administration aims to protect American jobs, by limiting how many H-1B workers will be coming in.
The order will halt this program through the end of the year. Already companies—including Twitter—and immigration activists have attacked the president. It’s clear that those who profited off this program will not be able to hire outside workers—and they’re quick to criticize it.
But the administration hopes this move will ensure Americans can find work, as the COVID-19 restricts ease nationwide.
- President Trump issued a suspension of the H-1B visa program.
- The goal is to prevent outsiders from taking American jobs as the economy reopens.
- Numerous large companies have frequently used the H-1B program to ship white-collar jobs overseas.
Source: CBS News