July 21, 2020

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Top business groups file lawsuit over Trump order limiting work visas

By
Alex Gangitano
The Hill

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), National Retail Federation (NRF), TechNet and International Training and Exchange (Intrax) filed the complaint against acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“American innovation rests on having the best and brightest working here. Over the past century, the United States has benefited immensely from courageous individuals who have left their homes, accepting an invitation to travel to America for temporary work,” reads the lawsuit filed in federal court in California.

TechNet, a trade group consisting of tech executives, maintained Tuesday that banning these workers hinders the whole industry.

“[T]oday, we reiterate that banning categories of innovators only hinders tech’s ability to serve our country by providing essential groceries and food delivery, collaborating with co-workers, having safe medical visits using telehealth solutions, and helping millions stay connected. This litigation is a necessary step toward maintaining our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy and provide Americans the help they need during this uncertain time and in the future,” CEO Linda Moore said in a statement.

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