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Visa Freeze For STEM Workers: 'We're Cutting Off Our Future'


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James C. Carrington of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

H-1B visas provide "a critical source of talented workers," says Jim Carrington, president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Credit: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month freezing green cards and some temporary work visas for new immigrants through the end of the year.

The White House framed the move as a way of protecting workers who lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

But Jim Carrington, president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, says the move will do more harm than good for cities like St. Louis trying to grow high-tech industries.

"The numbers of positions that we need to fill vastly outnumbers the qualified individuals we have to choose from locally and across the country," he says. "We need to bring in people to fill these roles."

Carrington discusses the effects of the visa freeze in an interview.

From St. Louis Public Radio
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