Donald Trump extended until March the partial suspension of immigration to the United States

United States President Donald Trump

The outgoing president, Donald Trump, extended this Thursday until March 31 next two decrees that suspend the entry into the country of many applicants for permanent residence and other temporary workers, despite the opposition of numerous companies in the nation.

The measures that Trump renewed expired this Thursday and the president issued them in April and June, arguing that the destruction of jobs caused by the Covid-19 crisis merited new immigration restrictions.

“The effects of covid-19 on the US labor market and the health of US communities are issues that continue to be of concern,” Trump wrote in a presidential proclamation ordering both vetoes to be extended until March 31.

The president-elect, Joe Biden will have the power to remove those vetoes once he comes to power on January 20, but has not clarified whether he will.

The first of the vetoes, issued in April, suspended the issuance abroad of permanent residence permits, known as “green cards” or “green cards.”

The main impact of this veto has been to prevent family reunification for US citizens of foreign origin or permanent residents in the country.

Under the veto, only foreign spouses of US citizens or their children under 21 can access a permanent residence permit, which excludes parents, siblings, or children of another age; in addition to the spouses or children of permanent residents.

Work visa in the USA

Work visa in the USA

The second veto, issued in June, went further and frozen the issuance of new H-1B type visas, designed for certain skilled workers, such as those employed in the technology industry; the H-4, which are for the couples of these employees; as well as L-1 visas, which are intended for executives who work for large corporations.

The prohibition also affects H-2B employment permits, for workers in the hotel and construction sectors, and J-1, which are for researchers and research professors and other work exchange programs, such as scholarships or grants. babysitters.

Many companies have denounced that this veto could slow down the recovery of the country’s economy, but Trump maintains that it is necessary to ensure that existing jobs go to Americans.

The general unemployment rate in the country is now well below the 14% it reached when Trump issued the first veto, in April, and in November it stood at 6.7.

(With information from EFE)

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