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Trump Urged By US Business Groups To Allow Visas For Skilled-Worker Amid Pandemic


Trump Urged By US Business Groups To Allow Visas For Skilled-Worker Amid Pandemic
There will be negative economic consequences for the United States if the US President Donald Trump goes ahead and implements his planned restrictions on temporary work visas to the country, warned a range of business groups in an 11th-hour appeal to Trump. The business groups said that if skilled workers are also blocked from coming and working in the US on temporary work visas it will hit American companies dependent on such workers.   
Reducing access to skilled workers with temporary visas even for a short period - would result in “unintended consequences” and cause “substantial economic uncertainty”, warned the group that comprised of more than 300 American companies, business associations and higher education groups that make use of skilled workers from outside of the country.  The business groups issued the warning in a letter to Trump.
Among the companies that are trying to urge Trump to exempt H-1B visas, student visas and other skilled visas from the restrictions are US based tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Also included in this group appeal to the US president is the US Chamber of Commerce - the largest business association in the country.
“The undersigned represent employers that rely on a highly skilled, college-educated, science and engineering workforce, including non-immigrant professionals, to innovate, produce, research, develop, and lead,” the companies wrote, calling their hiring needs “in the national interest.”
There were no comments available from the White House related to the contents of the letter and the appeal and warnings.
Last month, an executive order was issued by Trump that prevented certain groups of immigrants into the country from getting permanent residence status of the country. Announcing the measures, Trump had said that the move would protect American workers during the economic crisis that has gripped the US because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the related shutdowns of business and travel restrictions. That order also asked a number of US agencies to conduct reviews of the granting of temporary visas and put in their recommendations within a period of 30 days. That deadline ended on Friday. Trump however is not bound by law to take any action immediately after receiving the reports. 
Some hardliners in the US administration and elsewhere in the country have urged Trump to completely halt granting visas, said reports,
A recent move by the Trump administration to relax some of the requirements for the companies in the US food supply chain businesses that employ seasonal workers through the H-2B visa program was criticized by a Teamsters union official on Friday who said that the workers are “especially vulnerable to retaliation if they seek a safer workplace.”