Despite President Donald Trump’s push to overcome the pandemic, the administration continues to promote immigration measures, citing its outbreak and impact on the economy.
Following the April President’s announcement, Miller took the move as a first step toward reducing the flow of migrants entering the United States. This declaration set deadlines for a revision, one of which is approaching this weekend and left open the possibility for expansion or modification.
Stakeholders, businesses and experts are vying for new restrictions, saying immigration allowances to work temporarily in the United States are critical to the economy.
“Why would he want to stop the critical workforce that will help the economy recover?” said Greg Chen, director of government relations for the American Association of Migration Lawyers.
“It is not a logical or logical approach to the stated goals of what they are trying to achieve, which only shows the underlying purpose of achieving the goals of the presidential campaign to stop immigration,” Chen added.
Trump promised that the previous order would “ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens.”
The White House did not immediately comment on the allegations.
Legal immigration, which has already been hit during the epidemic, is again at the center of discussions about an expected immigration executive order.
Exceptions are expected for activities related to Covid-19, such as health professionals and jobs related to food supply, according to sources.
In recent weeks, businesses and industrial groups have raised concerns with letters, stressing the importance of highly skilled labor for the US economy.
On Tuesday, a technology tech group wrote to Trump claiming that non-immigrant visas were crucial to maintaining the economy amid a global public health crisis.
The US workforce, wrote the Information Technology Industry Council, “allows many Americans to continue working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and plays a key role … in keeping businesses safe and connected.” .
ITI is supported by companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Oracle.
“There are employers, there are trade unions that are constantly talking to the administration and Congress about the value of these programs,” Gregg Hartley, co-chair of the H2-B coalition, told CNN. “It’s a continuous effort. The letter is one of the many efforts that policy makers have in their hands.”
But just as businesses and industrial groups have contributed, so have the proponents of reduced immigration who say change is necessary to protect American workers.
“We provide information through backchannels and most importantly, our members, our popular players, are promoting the same agenda,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a team that supports reduced immigration.
“Whenever appropriate, but not later than 50 days from the date of entry into force of this Declaration, the Minister of the Interior, in consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Labor, shall propose whether to continue or amend this Declaration.” the order, setting the deadline for this weekend
CNN’s Brian Fung contributed to this report.