President Trump announced on Thursday that he’s once again dropping the hammer on work visa and green card applications through March due to coronavirus and economic concerns.
Trump’s restrictions on visas and green cards are hugely unpopular with Democrats and RINOs, but are important to ensuring that American workers and graduates can access jobs first before foreign nationals.
“The effects of COVID-19 on the United States labor market and on the health of American communities is a matter of ongoing national concern, and the considerations present in Proclamations 10014 and 10052 have not been eliminated,” the White House declared in a prepared statement.
“Moreover, actions such as States’ continued imposition of restrictions on businesses still affect the number of workers that can be hired as compared with February 2020,” the statement added.
President Trump’s initial ban, issued in April, was meant to last 60 days to reduce the competition for American jobs. President Trump extended it numerous times throughout 2020. It was set to expire most recently on Thursday.
The latest suspension will last through March, and according to the Hill:
The suspension applies to H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas.
The largest program affected by the order is H-1B visas, whose recipients are typically skilled workers in the tech industry who can stay in the U.S. for multiple years.
H-2B visas apply to seasonal workers and H-4 visas are given to spouses of H-1B visa holders.
J-1 visas are given to researchers, scholars and other specialized categories such as au pairs, while L-1 visas are for executives transferring to the United States from positions abroad with the same employer.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has refused to comment on the proclamation, though it would be unsurprising if his transition team has plans to reverse Trump’s order if Biden is inaugurated on January 20th.
Biden’s team announced on Thursday that Biden will issue an executive order on “day one” that would reverse President Trump’s “midnight regulations” — last-minute rules pushed through during the lame-duck period.