The executive order suspends the issuance of temporary work visas, including H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas, through the end of 2020.
H-1B visas are set aside for skilled workers, especially in the technology industry, and H-4 visas are given to their spouses. H-2B visas apply to seasonal workers; J-1 visas are for researchers, scholars and au pairs; and L-1 visas are for executives who transfer to the U.S. after working for the same employer abroad.
TechNet, a trade group consisting of tech executives, also hinted at possible legal action.
“Should litigation be filed by our member companies and partners regarding this executive order, we fully expect to join those efforts,” CEO Linda Moore told The Hill on Tuesday. “We will also continue to urge Congress to pass much needed immigration reform.”
Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter and Uber are among technology companies that have spoken out against Trump’s proclamation.
In addition to the legal ramifications, experts argue that Trump’s order is bad for the economy, especially at a time when it’s trying to climb out of the coronavirus hole.