President Trump Planning Executive Order to Restrict H-1B, Worker Visas
President Donald Trump is planning to sign a new executive order that will restrict the issuing of a variety of immigration visas until the end of the year. The visa restrictions are intended to assist American workers to reenter the workforce after being displaced from their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Reports indicate that the planned executive order will apply new restrictions to the issuing of H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and other temporary work visas, although there will be exceptions to the restrictions.
White House liberal Jared Kushner is known to have led a pro-business push to undermine President Trump’s desire for more immigration restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to deliver a generous supply of foreign labor to Silicon Valley tech executives who have shown a preference for hiring the de facto indentured servants over American workers.
The planned immigration restrictions will only last until the end of the year, raising questions about the order’s effectiveness in an economy where many Americans will struggle to reenter the workforce in 2021 and beyond. However, the executive order reportedly contains a provision that would allow the President to extend the visa restrictions indefinitely.
“No matter how you slice it, this is shaping up to be a big win for American workers at a critical time,” said RJ Hauman of the pro-American worker Federation for American Immigration Reform. “We have some concern over potential abuse of broadly written exceptions, but there is still time for that to be addressed, both now and during implementation.”
Sources indicate that President Trump is planning to sign the executive order on either Sunday or Monday.