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The original suspension was in response to the COVID pandemic and soaring American unemployment and had many exemptions for highly skilled, healthcare and IT foreign workers. Trump announced the new work visa restrictions will “free up jobs for Americans:”
“Under the extraordinary circumstances of the economic contraction resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, certain nonimmigrant visa programs authorizing such employment pose an unusual threat to the employment of American workers.”
The new order will last at least through the end of the year and restricts many categories exempt in the previous order, but does not apply to foreign workers “whose entry would be in the national interest,” such as coronavirus workers and researchers. A government spokesperson told reporters the visa suspension will open up 525,000 jobs for U.S. workers.
Technology and business leaders say the new order blocking over 200,000 H-1B and other skilled worker visas will stop their ability to recruit critically needed IT, technology, engineering and other workers from countries overseas – and create jobs for American workers. The New York Times spoke to Thomas J. Donohue, the chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,