(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump suspended the entry of some foreign workers on Monday during a bid to spice up domestic hiring, sparking opposition from corporate America and tech sector executives including Google’s Sundar Pichai and Tesla’s Elon Musk.
The visa suspension, effective Wednesday, will last until the top of the year and is predicted to open up 525,000 jobs for U.S. workers.
Alphabet Inc’s Google:
Pichai, Alphabet’s chief military officer , said during a tweet, “Immigration has contributed immensely to America’s economic success, making it a worldwide leader in tech, and also Google the corporate it’s today. Disappointed by today’s proclamation – we’ll still stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all.”
Susan Wojcicki, the chief of Alphabet’s YouTube, tweeted: “Immigration is central to America’s story, and it’s central to my very own family’s story. My family escaped danger and located a replacement range in America … at Youtube, we join Google in standing with immigrants and dealing to expand opportunity for all.”
Google had 2,678 H1B visa approvals in 2019, consistent with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“Amazon opposes the Administration’s short-sighted decision to pause high-skill visa programs. Welcoming the simplest & the brightest global talent is critical to America’s economic recovery. we’ll still support these programs & efforts to guard the rights of immigrants,” the corporate said.
The company had the foremost number of H1B visa approvals at 3,026 in 2019.
“This is unbelievably bad policy on every level. it’ll only mean more jobs move outside the US, and in no way makes America better or more competitive,” CEO Aaron Levie tweeted.
Box had 21 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“Now isn’t the time to chop our nation faraway from the world’s talent or create uncertainty and anxiety. Immigrants play an important role at our company and support our country’s critical infrastructure. they’re contributing to the present country at a time once we need them most,” president Brad Smith tweeted.
Microsoft had 1,701 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
PayPal Holdings Inc
“Creating new restrictions for immigrants who seek to figure within the U.S. is disappointing — and can slow our progress as a nation,” CEO Dan Schulman said on LinkedIn.
Paypal had 271 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“As we plan for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis let’s specialise in sense & fair immigration policies. H-1B workers should be treated with respect & dignity. They generate real innovation & growth . . . benefiting us all and fueling our economy. We embrace all our Ohana,” CEO Marc Benioff said during a tweet.
Salesforce had 267 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“Very much afflict this action. In my experience, these skillsets are net job creators. Visa reform is sensible , but this is often too broad,” Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted.
Tesla had 324 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“This proclamation undermines America’s greatest economic asset: its diversity. People from everywhere the planet come here to hitch our labor pool , pay taxes, and contribute to our global competitiveness on the planet stage,” the corporate said.
Twitter had 117 H1B visa approvals in 2019.