After Covid-19 saw millions of Americans lose their jobs and raised the unemployment rate to the highest since the Great Depression era, President Donald Trump responded by putting up barriers to restrict supply of a key commodity: skilled foreign labor.
Arguing that the entry of some workers “presents a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions” caused by the virus, Trump on June 22 ordered a ban on new green cards and work visas through the end of the year.
The freeze suspended a host of non-immigrant visa programs, among them the H-1B for high-skill specialty occupations. It has triggered a wave of lawsuits, including a broad challenge supported by 22 states and the District of Columbia.
Business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation also want the restrictions overturned. The bid is also