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Commentary By Two UW Political Science Graduate Students on the Recent Introduction of Visa Restrictions by the Trump Administration

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on June 26, 2020 - 1:16pm

Polisci Graduate Students Beatrice Magistro and Nicolas Wittstock on new visa restrictions by the Trump Administration:

"On June 23rd 2020, President Donald Trump imposed restrictions on several categories of visas for foreign workers until the end of the year. The proclamation his administration issued explaining this decision suspended the issuance of H-1B visas for high-skilled labor; H-2B visas for workers not critical to America’s food supply chain; J-1 visas issued for purposes of cultural exchange and other short-term workers; and L-visas used by multinational companies to transfer employees to the U.S....Is there an economic justification for this policy? It may be reasonable to restrict visas temporarily, especially as travel restrictions remain in place due to the pandemic. Yet, President Trump has not justified this policy on such grounds. Rather, according to the official proclamation, the restrictions are intended to help American workers regain employment amidst a worsening recession."

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