Despite President Donald Trump’s push to overcome the epidemic, the administration continues to take immigration measures forward, citing the outbreak and its losses to the economy.
After the president’s announcement in April, Miller described the move as a first step toward reducing the flow of immigrants arriving in the United States. This announcement has set deadlines for review, one of which is approaching the end of this week, and leaving the possibility of opening or amending it.
Interest groups, companies and experts are fighting any new restrictions, saying that visas that allow immigrants to work temporarily in the United States are crucial to the economy.
“Why does he want to cut out the critical labor that will help the economy recover?” Greg Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Attorney Association.
“It is not a rational or reasonable approach to the stated goals of what they are trying to accomplish, which only indicates the primary purpose of achieving the president’s campaign goals of cutting immigration,” Chen added.
Trump vowed that the previous regime “will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in jobs as our economy is reopened.”
The White House did not immediately comment on this story.
Legal immigration, which has already been hit during the outbreak, is again in focus in deliberations on the expected immigration executive.
Exceptions to activities related to Covid-19, such as healthcare professionals and jobs related to food supplies, are expected, according to sources.
In recent weeks, companies and industry groups have presented concerns in the messages, underscoring the importance of a highly skilled workforce to the US economy.
On Tuesday, a tech-commercial group wrote to Trump saying non-immigrant visas were key to keeping the economy in the midst of the global public health crisis.
The IT Industry Council writes that the overseas-born American workforce “enables many Americans to continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and plays a fundamental role … to keep businesses running safely and people in touch.”
ITI is supported by companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Oracle.
“There are employers, and there are trade associations that are constantly talking to the administration and Congress about the value of these programs,” Greg Hartley, co-chair of the H2-B Workforce Alliance, told CNN. “It is an ongoing effort. The message is one of many attempts by policymakers to have all the facts.”
But just as companies and industry groups made their contributions, so did the advocates for reduced immigration who say the changes are necessary to protect American workers.
“We are providing information through back channels and most importantly, our members, our grassroots base is pushing the same agenda,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA Group, a group calling to reduce immigration.
“Whenever appropriate, but not later than 50 days after the date of the validity of this announcement, the Minister of Internal Security, in consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Labor, must recommend whether I should continue or amend this declaration,” read the system, and specify Weekend deadline.
Brian Fung of CNN contributed to this report.