Donald Trump recently signed an executive order revoking H-1B visas till the end of December 2020, in order to facilitate a shift of jobs for immigrants to the American public. While in theory, immigration reforms seem viable as the United States begins shifting away from the pandemic, the immediate revoke of H-1B visa have not resulted in favorable public sentiment for the current President.
Industry leaders and executives of US giants from the likes of Amazon, Google and Tesla have slammed the President’s move, even warning that the move will set back American innovation and competitiveness in an opposite direction that the President intended. The US Chamber of Commerce, which typically stems towards the Republicans, led the charge on the criticism warning “restrictive changes to our nation’s immigration system will push investments and economic activity abroad, slow growth and reduce job creation”.
Across the industry, a common sentiment emerged that the following revocation of the H-1B visa seems as a “gift” to Canada which would benefit more from their open policy towards skilled workers.
“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,” the Chamber’s CEO Tom Donahue said in a statement regarding the same. Similar sentiments came across CEO’s from various industries all across the country.
Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, an Indian-American criticized Trump on a similarly worded statement.Elon Musk, who has worked with Trump on several issues quoted that thwarting H-1B visa will put a damp on the skillset brought on by foreign creators.
Tesla and Google seem to stand on similar grounds as both firms have benefitted hugely from the US visa regime as the combination of the firm raked in over a million tech skilled workers. Another conundrum faces off before the President who seems to loosen his grip on the population as general elections seem nearby.