52 Tech Firms Sue Trump Administration Over H1B Visa Restrictions

US Technology giants such as Amazon Inc and Facebook Inc have sued the Trump administration over the ban on entry of foreign workers in the US.

In June this year US President Donald Trump announced a temporary ban on the entry of certain foreign workers in the United States. Trump announced suspension of H-1B, H-4, and H-2B, L-1, L-2, J-1 and J-2 visa categories until December 31. In his defense Trump claimed the move would benefit about four million Americans as the economy has been badly hit by the pandemic.

Tech giants have said that visa restrictions with affect the functioning and growth of several Multi-National Companies based out of the United States.

Amazon Inc and Facebook Inc, on Monday, filed a legal brief backing a challenge against the Trump administration. The lawsuit has been brought in California by few of the major US business associations.

In the brief, the companies argued that the visa restrictions will hurt American businesses, lead employers to hire workers outside the United States, and further damage the already struggling US economy.

The group of companies has alleged Trump of causing an irreparable damage to the US economy and workforce, on an assumption rather than facts.

“Global competitors in Canada, China, and India, among others, are pouncing at the opportunity to attract well-trained, innovative individuals and American businesses are scrambling to adjust, hiring needed talent to work in locations outside our nation’s borders.”

Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Twitter were among the 52 companies that signed the brief, which was filed in a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Manufacturers, which represents 14,000 member companies.