President Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending work visas for H-1B holders

Tech Crunch | June 23, 2020

President Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending work visas for H-1B holders
President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting work visas like the H-1B visa program for highly-skilled workers, cutting off a critical source of foreign labor for tech companies already complaining about tech talent shortages. Visa-holders already in the U.S. and those applicants who have already received a visa are exempt from the ban. The restrictions are intended to last until the end of the year, which would disrupt the government’s typical process of awarding new visas at the beginning of the national fiscal calendar in October. Officials from the Trump administration told the Wall Street Journal that the move is intended to protect American jobs, but executives in the technology industry have long warned that visa restrictions would hurt the nation’s ability to compete in industries that have both strategic and financial significance as engines of economic growth.

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After sending weekend tweets suggesting several U.S. congresswomen of color leave the country, President Trump has defended those comments and denied allegations of racism. Although he did not directly name the women, the context of the tweets suggest a link to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, three of whom were born in the U.S. and all of whom are American citizens. The four women urged the U.S. people "not to take the bait" during a news conference on Monday and dismissed the remarks as a distraction.

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After sending weekend tweets suggesting several U.S. congresswomen of color leave the country, President Trump has defended those comments and denied allegations of racism. Although he did not directly name the women, the context of the tweets suggest a link to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, three of whom were born in the U.S. and all of whom are American citizens. The four women urged the U.S. people "not to take the bait" during a news conference on Monday and dismissed the remarks as a distraction.

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