Although the economy is not nearly as bad as the doomsday financial experts warned it would be, unemployment is at near-record highs following the pandemic. Despite this, if there is any silver lining in our country’s state-of-state, it’s that Trump is truly an America-First president. He will do everything in his power to help all Americans by increasing opportunities and reducing unemployment. America is enduring its worst time of need in over half a century. Left or Right, now is the time for everyone to come together and recognize we need to put the livelihoods of our citizens first. The Trump administration is working to do just that.
On Monday, the president signed an executive order titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” The order will suspend several types of temporary worker visas through the end of 2020, affecting hundreds of thousands of foreign workers. According to The Hill, the initiative specifically restricts:
- H-1B visas – Skilled workers
- H-4 visas – Spouses of H-1B
- H-2B visas – Seasonal workers and their spouses
- L-1 visas – Executives transferring to the U.S. from positions abroad
- J-1 visas – Researchers, scholars, other categories
Some exceptions will be made for healthcare workers who have been assisting in handling COVID-19 cases, US military, and agriculture. The goal of the order temporarily banning the visas is to prevent the US from a “potentially protracted economic recovery with persistently high unemployment if labor supply outpaces labor demand.” The administration urges the importance of remaining “mindful of the impact of foreign workers on the United States labor market,” who currently fill more than half a million jobs in America.
This comes after a previous executive order in April which largely restricted green cards but did not mention visas.
An official from the Trump administration says the president has directed his team to work on long-term reform for America’s immigration system. It will reflect changes Trump has talked about for years now including implementation of merit-based immigration and closing loopholes companies use to outsource labor.
The Left did not hesitate to denounce the move as a threat to immigrants and “diversity” in America. Unsurprisingly, they don’t seem to see the value in prioritizing American citizens to fill American jobs. Although we are a very pro-legal immigration country, we must put our people first before any non-citizens. Democrat or Republican, everyone should rally around this order as a positive step in the right direction to restoring the economy and getting back to normal.