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Tech Companies Slam Trump's Executive Order Restricting H-1B Visas


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President Donald Trump and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in the Oval Office

"Certain nonimmigrant visa programs . . . pose an unusual threat to the employment of American workers," President Trump's executive order said.

Silicon Valley is pushing back against President Donald Trump's latest immigration curbs, this time targeting visa programs that tech companies use to bring in thousands of skilled foreign workers.

Trump signed an executive order on Monday (June 22) expanding restrictions on several work visas until at least the end of this year, including the L-1 visa that allows companies to transfer employees from overseas offices and the H-1B program for workers in specialty occupations.

Both visas are popular with the United States' tech giants, and many were quick to condemn the executive order.

"Unilaterally and unnecessarily stifling America's attractiveness to global, high-skilled talent is short-sighted and deeply damaging to the economic strength of the United States," Twitter's head of public policy and philanthropy for the Americas, Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, said in a statement.

The new restrictions will take effect on June 24. The Migration Policy Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC, estimated that they would block 219,000 temporary workers.

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