New Proclamation Extends Existing Immigration Ban
President Trump has issued a Proclamation on June 22nd, 2020, extending and expanding existing restrictions on certain work visas.
The proclamation is based on an older one issued this April, barring those legally migrating to the U.S. from entering the country. Today’s order extends the period of validity of the former one to the end of 2020 while adding new visa categories onto the restriction list. This order takes effect on June 24th.
The proclamation affects L-1 visas for intracompany transfers; H-1Bs for workers in specialty occupations, and the H-4 visas issued to their spouses; H-2Bs for temporary non-agricultural workers; and most J-1 visas for exchange visitors.
This proclamation, like the former, only affects those that are currently outside of the United States. Lawful permanent residents, U.S. citizens’ spouses, children, and those working in industries that maintain essential operations during the COVID-19 pandemic (food supply, health-care, etc.) are exempt from restrictions.
According to statistics from the administration, approximately 520,000 jobs will be taken away from foreign workers planning on entering the U.S. Trump states that this proclamation was a method of protecting American workers from the competition brought by the foreign labor force.
Many condemn Trump for using the pandemic to legitimize his anti-immigrant policies and using them towards his campaign. Some major U.S. businesses have expressed their worry that the plummeting numbers in legal immigration caused by such policies would jeopardize the already problematic American economy even further.
Shortly after the proclamation was announced, DHS released a regulation that would affect asylum seekers who illegally crossed borders into the U.S. by denying them work authorization. Exceptions do exist, but the process of permits being granted will also be delayed.
据统计，大约 520，000 个工作岗位将会从移民手中丢失。特朗普表示这项命令是为了保护美国公民工作者采取的手段，让他们免于受到来自外国劳动力的竞争。