Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan hailed President Donald Trump’s executive decision to halt the H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L-1, L-2, and J-1 visa programs so that the jobs–around 600,000 of them–could go to Americans instead.
“This is a bold action, and needed I might add … with so many Americans out of work and recent legal immigrants as well,” Vaughan said.
With 40 million Americans currently out of work because of the coronavirus outbreak and business shutdowns, U.S. workers need all the help they can get to recover amid continuing restrictions and a recent uptick in cases in some states that were reopening.
Trump also closed asylum loopholes to make sure jobs didn’t go to foreign workers rather than U.S. ones.
The majority of voters in 10 swing states also agreed that immigration should be reduced while millions of Americans are out of work.
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