The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has joined the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation in filing a joint lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s newly introduced restrictions on visas that allow immigrants to temporarily work in the United States.
In June, President Trump issued a proclamation that extended and expanded an earlier order to imposed sweeping restrictions on temporary work visas. The proclamation suspends entry for individuals seeking to enter the United States from another country through Dec. 31, 2020, and includes:
Employment-based permanent immigrant visas for researchers and scientists, executives, people with college or other advanced degrees, skilled workers, religious workers, broadcasters, and translators.
Employment-based temporary nonimmigrant visas for individuals working in specialty occupations, nonagricultural seasonal guest workers, executives of managers who are looking to transfer from a foreign office to a U.S. location, interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and people participating in summer work travel programs.
Family-based permanent immigrant visas for parents of U.S. citizens, adult children of U.S. citizens, spouses and unmarried children of U.S. lawful permanent resident, adult siblings of U.S. citizens.
Family-based temporary nonimmigrant visas for spouses and minor children of H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visa holders.
Other permanent immigrant visas, such as diversity visas and visas for victims of certain crimes and their spouses and children.
The U.S. Chamber was quick to challenge the Trump Administration following the proclamation and has continued to oppose its restrictions. "Our lawsuit seeks to overturn these sweeping and unlawful immigration restrictions that are an unequivocal ‘not welcome’ sign to the engineers, executives, IT experts, doctors, nurses, and other critical workers who help drive the American economy,” U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue said in a statement. “Left in place, these restrictions will push investment abroad, inhibit economic growth, and reduce job creation."
Donohue has also authored an op-ed in the New York Times discussing why the president’s immigration policies are bad for American businesses. The opinion piece can be read here.