US President Donald Trump said that he will be announcing new visa restrictions in the coming days.
“We’re going to be announcing something tomorrow or the next day on visas,” said Trump in a Fox News interview on Sunday.
This an attempt from Trump’s side to block the entry of certain foreign workers and protect Americans struggling with a job market devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
He was also asked by Fox news whether there will be any exclusions from the new restrictions to which Trump said, very few.
“You need them for big businesses where they have certain people that have been coming in for a long time, but very little exclusion and they’re pretty tight,” he said. “And we may even go very tight for a period of time.”
He is expected to sign an executive order suspending H1B, L1 and other temporary work visas through the end of the year, according to National Public Radio (NPR) citing multiple sources familiar with the plan.
The executive order is also expected to suspend H-2B visas for seasonal workers such as hotel and construction staff and J-1 visas, which are meant for research scholars and professors, including doctors, many from India who use it to eventually become permanent residents and citizens.
Trump will reportedly sign an executive order to suspend the visas through the end of the year, as the administration is addressing a major economic fallout, including high unemployment among Americans, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“No matter how you slice it, this is shaping up to be a big win for American workers at a critical time,” said RJ Hauman, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which advocates for lower levels of immigration.
Many say that this initiative is nothing but Trump’s attempt to fulfill his age long goal of limiting immigrants in the United States.
The plans for the order have already raised significant concerns among business and industry groups, as well as universities who depend on foreign workers and scholars. The order would, however, make broad exceptions for travel in the national interest, including in the areas of economics, public health and national security.
Earlier in April, 2020 he had temporarily halted the issuance of US green cards to some foreigners.