US President, Donald J Trump has suspended the entry of some foreign workers in a bid to boost domestic hiring, sparking opposition from corporate America and tech sector executives.
- Angry executives at platform companies express dismay at President Trump’s H1B visa policy
- The US President seeks to protect American jobs
- Big Tech is (somewhat) reliant upon talent from overseas
The visa suspension, effective June 24, will last until the end of the year and is expected to open up 525,000 jobs for US workers.
Pichai, Alphabet’s CEO, said in a tweet, “Immigration has contributed immensely to America’s economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today. Disappointed by today’s proclamation – we’ll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all.”
Susan Wojcicki, the chief of YouTube, tweeted: “Immigration is central to America’s story, and it’s central to my own family’s story. My family escaped danger and found a new home in America … at Youtube, we join Google in standing with immigrants and working to expand opportunity for all.”
Google had 2,678 H1B visa approvals in 2019, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“Amazon opposes the Administration’s short-sighted decision to pause high-skill visa programs. Welcoming the best & the brightest global talent is critical to America’s economic recovery. We will continue to support these programs & efforts to protect the rights of immigrants,” the company said.
The company had the most number of H1B visa approvals at 3,026 in 2019.
“Like Apple, this nation of immigrants has always found strength in our diversity, and hope in the enduring promise of the American Dream. There is no new prosperity without both. Deeply disappointed by this proclamation,” CEO Tim Cook said in a tweet.
Apple had 1,136 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“This is unbelievably bad policy on every level. It will only mean more jobs move outside the US, and in no way makes America better or more competitive,” Box’s CEO Aaron Levie tweeted.
Box had 21 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“President Trump’s latest proclamation uses the COVID-19 pandemic as justification for limiting immigration. In reality, the move to keep highly-skilled talent out of the US will make our country’s recovery even more difficult. America is a nation of immigrants and our economy and country benefit when we encourage talented people from around the world to live, work, and contribute here. That’s more true now than ever,” the company said.
Facebook had 1,518 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“Now is not the time to cut our nation off from the world’s talent or create uncertainty and anxiety. Immigrants play a vital role at our company and support our country’s critical infrastructure. They are contributing to this country at a time when we need them most,” president Brad Smith tweeted.
Microsoft had 1,701 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“Creating new restrictions for immigrants who seek to work in the US is disappointing — and will 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 focus on common sense & fair immigration policies. H-1B workers should be treated with respect & dignity. They generate real innovation & growth . . . benefiting us all and fuelling our economy. We embrace all our Ohana,” CEO Marc Benioff said in a tweet.
Salesforce had 267 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“Very much disagree with this action. In my experience, these skill-sets are net job creators. Visa reform makes sense, but this is 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 all over the world come here to join our labor force, pay taxes, and contribute to our global competitiveness on the world stage,” the company said.
Twitter had 117 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
“As a company that builds technology for a global audience, Uber believes immigration helps to fuel innovation. Today’s executive order is disappointing for people from all over the world and will hurt American businesses,” the company said.
The company had 486 H1B visa approvals in 2019.
Initial reporting via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Neha Malara. Editing by Patrick Graham and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty.