Major US tech companies, such as Amazon and Facebook, submitted a legal brief on Monday supporting a challenge to the temporary ban imposed by US President (Donald Trump) on the entry of some foreign workers to keep jobs for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
And in the filed note In a lawsuit filed by major American business associations in California, the companies argued that visa restrictions would hurt US companies, drive employers to hire workers outside the United States, and add to the damage to the already struggling US economy.
Trump issued a presidential announcement in June suspending entry to a group of foreign workers until the end of the year, a move his administration said would provide jobs for unemployed Americans amid the economic fallout from the pandemic.
Affected by the temporary ban include foreign skilled workers entering H-1B visas, and managers and specialist workers who move within a company on L visas – both types of visas are used by technology companies. Trump’s ban is also banning seasonal workers on H-2B visas, except for those working in food supply chain jobs.
In the memo presented on Monday, the companies argue that Trump’s announcement could inflict irreparable damage to companies, workers and the economy in the United States, and is based on a “false assumption” that it will protect American workers.
The summary reads: “Global competitors in Canada, China and India, among others, are seizing the opportunity to attract well-trained and creative individuals.” “And American companies are striving to adapt, and employ the talent needed to work in locations outside our nation’s borders,” it said.
Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Twitter were among the 52 companies that signed the memorandum, which was filed in a lawsuit filed by the National Manufacturers Association, which represents 14,000 member companies, and in a similar lawsuit filed in Washington, DC.