The ongoing pandemic isn’t a force to reckon with, as it proved numerous times since its beginning. Various restrictions throughout the world and total lockdowns for countries had been imposed. While such measures were practically mandatory, it seems that even new restrictions are upcoming.
The President of the US, Donald Trump, suspended the entry into the country for certain foreign workers. While there are, obviously, severe critics for this decision, the White House was delighted, saying that the measure will help the economy affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
H1B visa blocked
What’s happening more precisely is that Trump issued a proclamation that temporarily blocks foreign workers entering on H-1B visas. It applies for skilled employees, while the L visas apply for managers and specialized workers getting transferred within a company. The visa suspension takes effect on Wednesday and it lasts until the end of the current year.
The measure will boost up the American economy, although not everybody is delighted by it. Not only that it encourages the citizens’ return to work ASAP, but it will also open up 525,000 jobs.
Why the measure might be bad
Critics of the visa suspension are claiming that Donald Trump is using the pandemic to achieve his goal to limit immigration in the US.
However, the measure doesn’t affect those people that are already within the US territory, as well as valid visa holders abroad. All of them still need an official travel document that allows entry into the United States.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the most victims in the US compared to any other country. There are over 2.4 million infected people with the new coronavirus in the US, and over 120,000 of them died. While over 1 million had been recovered, the overall score is not too satisfying. 11% of the total number of infected people died, which is a bit higher than the usual mortality rate of the virus. These stats were brought to the public by worldometers.info.