Amazon, Apple, Facebook condemn Trump H1-B visa suspension in court filing

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and other big U.S. tech companies condemned the Trump administration for suspending and limiting worker visas in a Monday court filing.

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H-1B and H-2B visas allow individuals from foreign countries who have specific skill sets to temporarily work and live in the U.S. with their families. H-1B visa holders are particularly prevalent in U.S. tech jobs.

President Trump on June 22 issued a proclamation suspending and limiting H-1B, H-2B, J and L visas, citing the “risk that aliens seeking admission or entry to the United States may introduce, transmit, or spread SARS-CoV-2 within the United States.”

All four of the country’s biggest tech giants have spoken out against the suspension, and the Monday court filing includes quotes from Amazon, Facebook, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft President Brad Smith, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman condemning the ban.

“Like Apple, this nation of immigrants has always found strength in our diversity, and hope in the enduring promise of the American Dream. There is no new prosperity without both. Deeply disappointed by this proclamation,” Cook tweeted on June 23. His tweet is included in the filing.

The other tech companies and CEOs issued similar statements of disapproval.

The complaint adds that contrary to the president’s proclamation that H-1B visa holders pose a threat to American workers competing for jobs, the suspension could force “many companies to create jobs outside the U.S., particularly for highly-specialized positions like those for which H-1B visa holders qualify.”…Read more>>


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