July 12, 2020

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Laid-off H-1B visa holders face painful predicament

“Without action, these issues will lead to hundreds of thousands of unfilled jobs and have profound negative economic effects,” said a letter to the Departments of State and Homeland Security from TechNet and other trade groups, requesting that laid-off visa holders have at least until Sept. 10 to find new employment.

It did not receive a response. But the Trump administration, which is ideologically opposed to immigration, is already clamping down on H-1Bs and other work visas. An executive order in June temporarily blocks new work visas for people from outside the U.S. through at least the year’s end. The administration had previously made it harder for immigrants to get or renew H-1B visas.

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