Trump Freezes Green Cards, Work Visas Until End Of Year

Originally published on June 20, 2020, by Franco Ordonez for www.npr.org


President Trump spoke during a campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday. His new executive order will halt immigration and many types of work visas through the end of the year.


President Trump will extend a freeze on "green cards" for new immigrants and sign an executive order to suspend H-1B, L-1, J and other temporary work visas for skilled workers, managers and au pairs through the end of the year, a senior administration official told reporters on Monday.


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The order will target H-1B visas, which are designed for certain skilled workers such as those employed in the tech industry, as well as L-1 visas, which are meant for executives who work for large corporations.


But other workers will also be affected, including foreign au pairs who provide childcare. Professors and scholars will not be included in the order, the official said. There will be a provision to request exemptions. The order is not expected to immediately affect anyone already in the United States.


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In May, Trump issued a temporary halt on new green cards but stopped short of suspending guest worker programs amid concerns from the business community.


Plans for Monday's order raised significant concerns among business and industry groups. "The ban on H-1B visas, which are often used to fill very niche positions that are not easily found in the American workforce, will ultimately prove to be counterproductive and is an example of using a nuclear bomb to address a bar fight," said Leon Fresco, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration who now represents H-1B workers.


The order was not expected to apply to H-2A agriculture workers who Trump says are necessary to ensure grocery store shelves remain stocked with fruits and vegetables. Health care workers involved in treating coronavirus patients will also be exempt.


For the full story and more immigration news please visit-https://www.npr.org/2020/06/20/881245867/trump-expected-to-suspend-h-1b-other-visas-until-end-of-year



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