June 23, 2020
The Trump administration said Monday that it was extending a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of the year and adding many temporary work visas to the freeze, including those used heavily by technology companies and multinational corporations.
The administration cast the effort as a way to free up jobs in an economy reeling from the coronavirus.
A senior official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity estimated the restrictions will free up to 525,000 jobs for Americans.
‘President Trump is focused on getting Americans back to work as quickly as possible,’ the official said, on condition of anonymity.
Trump had endlessly touted a strong economy, but now finds himself desperate for a political boost ahead of the November election.
Trump’s been pushed by White House immigration hardliner Stephen Miller to use the coronavirus crisis to further curtail immigration.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:49 am