Biden ends Trump’s ban on temporary visas for foreign workers in effect during the pandemic in massive victory for major tech
- President Joe Biden will allow ban on certain types of temporary work visas that began last June during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Pandemic-related moratorium affected H-1B visas used by Silicon Valley technology companies to hire coders and engineers from abroad
- The move is the latest reversal of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy
President Joe Biden will allow bans on certain types of temporary work visas to lapse in his latest reversal of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
Bloomberg News reported that the ban will expire on Wednesday.
The pandemic-related moratorium affected H-1B visas used by Silicon Valley technology companies to hire coders and engineers from abroad.
President Joe Biden will allow a ban on certain types of temporary work visas to expire in his latest reversal of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy
Trump, an immigration hardliner, had used the COVID-19 pandemic last year to curtail forms of legal immigration, including for H-1B visa holders, angered Silicon Valley technology companies
Tech company representatives have been pushing the Biden administration to withdraw the ban since the president was sworn in in January, arguing that it harmed US companies.
It went into effect last June, when the Trump administration used the pandemic to further pressurize legal immigration after already cracking down on illegal immigration.
Trump’s team had also stopped issuing green cards, using COVID-19 as an excuse. Biden reversed Trump’s executive order last month.
“On the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain relatives of US citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here,” Biden said. “It also hurts industries in the United States that use talent from around the world.”
Trump famously walked on a platform to curb illegal immigration.
He broke a wall between the United States and Mexico – and made Mexico pay for it.
During his four years in office, Trump was successful in building hundreds of miles of wall, but a majority replaced pre-existing, deteriorating structures.
He also took up certain forms of legal immigration, opposing ‘chain’ migration that would allow citizens’ family members and green card holders to enter.