Some U.S. tech giants, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft and Amazon, are speaking out against Mr. Trump’s suspension of H-1B visas,media The Verge reported. In a non-party submission on Monday, the companies argued that the new restrictions could have a significant impact on the country’s economy’s recovery from the new crown pandemic.
“The President’s suspension of the nonimmigrant visa program is said to be intended to ‘protect’ American workers, effectively harming these workers, their employers and the economy,” the non-party statement read.
In June, U.S. President Donald Trump announced a moratorium on foreign workers entering the United States in response to unprecedented levels of unemployment caused by the new crown pandemic. Immigration officials were ordered to refuse to stamp the entry of foreign workers with a range of temporary work visas, including H-1B, a visa for many foreign-born tech workers working in the United States. In July, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of trade groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for ordering a moratorium on visa issuance, and nearly 50 companies, organizations and industry associations filed a non-party petition Monday in support of the lawsuit.
In the complaint, companies such as Facebook, Netflix, Adobe, Reddit, GitHub, Paypal and Amazon argued that “indiscriminate suspension of these critical nonimmigrant visa programs does not further advance U.S. interests.” Specifically, the companies claim that Mr. Trump’s announcement “will stifle innovation, hinder growth, and ultimately hurt American workers, businesses and the economy more broadly in irreparable ways.”
“Cutting legal immigration channels will cause serious long-term damage to our economic stability, recovery and growth, especially as the U.S. economy tries to rebuild from the damage caused by the COVID-19 crisis,” Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, a non-party signatory, said in a statement Monday. “The future of our national economic security and growth stems from the contribution of hard-working immigrants — not the scapegoat of the population that has been the cornerstone of our national economic engine for centuries.”
Shortly after Mr. Trump signed the announcement in June, technology companies such as Apple and Google came out against the move. “Immigration not only drives technological breakthroughs, creates new businesses and jobs, but also enriches the lives of Americans,” Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said in June. “Continued success in the United States depends on the company’s ability to get the best talent from around the world. Especially now, we need these people to help boost America’s economic recovery. “
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was “deeply disappointed” by the new ban. “Like Apple, this immigrant nation has been finding strength in our diversity and hope in the enduring promise of the American dream,” Cook wrote on Twitter in June.