Trump signs order expanding immigration restrictions to include H-1B, other guest-worker programs

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Adam Shaw 
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Fox News
Article date: 
22 June 2020
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National News
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President Trump on Monday signed an executive order that significantly expands current immigration restrictions to include a number of guest-worker programs, including the H-1B visa -- an order the administration says will put Americans first for jobs as the economy emerges from coronavirus lockdowns.

Trump previously signed an order in April that restricted some green cards but held off from restricting guest-worker programs. While other travel restrictions at the time were meant to curb coronavirus risk, the stated purpose of the immigration order was to help Americans in the job market after the pandemic put millions out of work.

The new order extends the measure and goes further by pausing new H-1B tech worker visas, H-2B seasonal worker visas, certain J work and education exchange visitor visas and L executive transfer visas. It will be in effect until the end of the year and will not affect those who already have a visa, Fox News is told ...


Eleven Ways Trump’s June 22 Policy Helps Americans, Hinders Fortune 500, Breitbart, June 23, 2020:

8. A second draft regulation changes how H-1B visas are awarded each year. The H-1B visas are now awarded by lottery, which means that Indian-run staffing companies can get as many visas as they want for low-wage H-1Bs if they just submit sufficient applications. The new rules will allocate the 85,000 visas each year to the companies that offer the highest pay. The new rules also say employers must pay median or higher wages to H-1Bs. Both rules will make it very difficult for Indian staffing companies to earn a profit by renting cheap Indian workers to Fortune 500 companies. This wage reform will allow young American graduates to snag many software jobs that are now quietly reserved for Indian H-1Bs...