Friday, May 8, 2020

GOP Senators ask the President to Restrict Guest Workers, Trump’s Personal Valet Tests Positive. and Other Coronavirus Updates

AP/USA Today
Four Republican senators asked President Donald Trump to suspend issuance of guest worker visas until next year or "until employment has returned to normal levels" because of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the economy.
The senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, argued in a letter dated May 7, first reported by Politico, that the visa suspensions would be "critical to protecting American workers as our economy gets back on its feet."
They requested a halt to all nonimmigrant guest worker visas for 60 days, with exceptions granted for agriculture and other critical industries. After the 60 days, the senators said, they want a halt placed on the following visa categories:
  • H-2B visas for nonagricultural seasonal workers such as ski resort employees. 
  • H-1B visas for "specialty positions." 
  • Optional Practical Training, which extends student visas after graduation. 
  • EB-5 investor visas.
The senators said American students would be forced to compete against international students in a tight job market, and the suspension of the visa categories would give younger Americans and recent college graduates the opportunity to compete for jobs that might otherwise go to immigrants.
They urged Trump in their letter to "keep the American worker in mind" and "limit the importation of unnecessary guest workers" while the economy recovered.
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