Ban on H-1B visas to hit innovation, investment: America Inc

Massive restrictions on legal immigration – including restricting immigrants who contribute to medicine, science, and research in the , and who are working to develop treatments for coronavirus and other deadly diseases – will not only hinder efforts to save lives, but prevent job creation and hurt American economy as the country struggles to recover.

The temporary suspension of visas by the Trump Administration will hit innovation, push investment and economic activity abroad, slow growth, and reduce job creation, the American corporate sector said on Monday.

“Restrictive changes to our nation’s immigration system will push investment and economic activity abroad, slow growth, and reduce job creation,” said Thomas Donohue, of US Chambers of Commerce soon after President issued a proclamation to suspend issuing of H-1B and other foreign work visas till the end of the current year.

 

“Today’s proclamation is a severe and sweeping attempt to restrict legal immigration.

“Putting up a ‘not welcome’ sign for engineers, executives, IT experts, doctors, nurses and other workers won’t help our country, it will hold us back,” he said.

“We are fighting for more investment and more growth in because that means more jobs, and today that fight takes on a new level of urgency.

“We have long advocated for a rational immigration system that meets the needs of our economy and reflects the values of our country,” Donohue said.

The proclamation serves neither of those interests, he asserted.

Ahead of the proclamation, several US business bodies including US Chambers of Commerce, US India Business Council, National Alliance of Manufacturers and Information Technology Industry Council had written letters to the Trump Administration against such a move.

FWD.us, a bipartisan political organisation representing top IT companies like Facebook and Google said it is a full-frontal attack on American innovation and nation’s ability to benefit from attracting talent from around the world.

“Massive restrictions on legal immigration – including restricting immigrants who contribute to medicine, science, and research in the United States, and who are working as we speak to develop treatments for coronavirus and other deadly diseases – will not only hinder efforts to save lives, but prevent job creation and hurt our economy as our country struggles to recover,” said FWD.us president Todd Schulte.

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