US President Donald Trump suspended H-1B, L, and other temporary work permits to encourage local employment and curb the rising unemployment caused by the Covid-19pandemic. US based tech industries are voicing their opinion saying that this move will restrict the growth of innovation and hurt the economy by delaying the recovery process. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, was the first to raise a concern and showed his disappointment with the latest order suspending immigration visas till 31st December.
Pichai took to the microblogging platform Twitter where he wrote, “Immigration has contributed immensely to America’s economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today. Disappointed by today’s proclamation – we’ll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all.” Sundar Pichai himself is a first-generation immigrant to migrate to the USA and is part of a league of Indian born American executives like Satya Nadella, who is the CEO of Microsoft and Shantanu Narayen, who runs Adobe.
The H1-B visa program had attracted the brightest and smartest people from all over the world to the United States of America, where they could pursue their dreams and achieve what nobody has done before. People are slamming trump with questions raising concern that this travel ban is another one of the president’s racist, xenophobic show. People all around the world are hoping that the court will stop this unlawful action.
Trump responds by saying that since the start of this year, more than 20million citizens lost their jobs, and their positions are being filled by the people applying for H-1B and L visas. He says that the pandemic has hurt the economy and presents a significant threat to Americans’ employment opportunities.
Major business groups strongly oppose this decision, TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore said, “The technology industry is working overtime to keep Americans connected during a global pandemic by providing food delivery services, health care, collaborative business solutions, and ways for families and friends to stay connected.” She said that technology would continue to be crucial to the rebuilding of our economy. Indians receive 70% of the 85,000 H1-B visas every year; these restrictions will apply to new work visas and people outside of the US.