Reuters reports that top tech-giants including Apple, Facebook, and others have signed a brief challenging President Trump’s administration decision to block foreign workers from entering the US, per the report:
Top U.S. tech firms including Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc filed a legal brief on Monday backing a challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on the entry of certain foreign workers to preserve jobs for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the brief, filed in a lawsuit brought in California by major U.S. business associations, the companies argued that the visa restrictions will hurt American businesses, lead employers to hire workers outside the United States, and further damage the already struggling U.S. economy.
Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Twitter were among 52 companies that signed the brief, which was filed in a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Manufacturers, which represents 14,000 member companies, as well as in a similar lawsuit brought in Washington, D.C.
President Trump issued the proclamation in June to suspend certain foreign workers from entering the US until the end of the year. It applies to H1-B, H-2B and L visas, and both H1-B and L visas are used by US tech companies to transfer skilled workers and managers inside a company. The administration said that the ban was put in place to free jobs up for American workers during the pandemic when many Americans have lost their jobs.
The tech companies are claiming that the ban does not actually protect US workers and will hurt US workers and the US economy. The brief says that competitors in other parts of the world are using this opportunity to get well-trained skilled workers. It also claims that this will cause American business to move jobs outside the US:
“And American businesses are scrambling to adjust, hiring needed talent to work in locations outside our nation’s borders.”
This is developing.