WashingtonExaminer reports President Trump is expected to sign an order that would suspend temporary work visas until next year as the country grapples with 30 million people collecting unemployment benefits.
Multiple sources told NPR the president plans to sign the order in the coming days that would suspend H-1B and L-1 temporary visas for foreign workers.
The H-1B visas are intended for skilled foreign workers employed in fields, such as science and engineering, and are awarded to about 85,000 workers annually. The L-1 visas are designated for managers working for large corporations. Other visas, such as H-2B and J-1 visas, will also reportedly be suspended, but H-2A agriculture workers will not reportedly be affected.
“No matter how you slice it, this is shaping up to be a big win for American workers at a critical time,” said RJ Hauman, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Trump was asked about the visas during an appearance on Fox News on Saturday. “We are going to announce something tomorrow or the next day on the visas,” Trump said.
The announcement would come as the country begins recovering from the punch to the economy dealt by the coronavirus pandemic.
Twenty-one million people in the United States are unemployed, but CNBC reported last month that roughly 30 million are collecting unemployment benefits.