Trump draft order requires more from tech workers on H-1B visas: Bloomberg
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 President Donald Trump would require technology workers in the United States on H-1B visas to provide updated certifications that they are not displacing American workers, according to a draft executive order, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into US. Trump said the order will ensure unemployed Americans will be first in line for jobs. Trump said, “In order to protect our great American workers, I've just signed an executive order temporarily...
[NFA] President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone on Friday, sparing him from prison after he was convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Adam Reed reports.
US President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone.The move came just days before Stone was due to report to prison to serve 40 months for crimes related to the Russia investigation.The White House confirmed the commuting of the sentence in a statement, saying Stone was a victim of the Russia “hoax”.
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The Ministry of External Affairs said on June 25 that suspension of H-1B and other work visas by the United States will impact the movement of skilled professionals. "This is likely to affect the movement of skilled professionals who avail these non-immigrant visa programs to work lawfully in the United States. We are assessing the impact of the order on Indian nationals and industry," said Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava while addressing a virtual press conference.
The Trump administration on Monday suspended the temporary work visas, including H-1B, for foreigners till the end of the year. It marked the latest effort to bar the entry of immigrants to the country. The new policy is "extending and expanding" on President Donald Trump's April pause on issuing new green cards, which will continue beyond the initial 60-day period until the end of the year, according to a senior administration official. "H-1B action is temporary but permanent action being taken on reforming the US visa system to one that is more "merit-based," a senior administration official told reporters at a briefing. Trump is also expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday directing new restrictions on most H-1B, H-4, H-2B, J and L visas, with some exceptions, lasting through December 31 - "frankly, because of the expanding unemployment," the official told reporters. The officials said that any abuses with H-1B visas will be investigated by the US Labor Department (USDOL). "The president has instructed us to get rid of the lottery" for such visas, the official added. The US government said that the new visa restrictions through the end of the year will affect nearly 525,000 American jobs. "We're hopeful that this is going to see broad, bipartisan support," the official said. The new restrictions, however, have been exempted for medical workers, especially those involved in COVID-19 care or research. Pegged as the COVID -19 or economic response, it is the administration's concerted effort to roll back the visas available to people overseas as a result of high unemployment in the US resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the official noted.
The US unemployment rate jumped to 14.7% in April. It's the highest it's been since the Great Depression. According to Business Insider, the April jobs report shows that more than 20 million jobs were lost in a single month. Losing a job is frightening for anyone, but particularly for foreign workers who are in the US on an H-1B visa. Laid off foreign workers have 60 days to come up with a formal reason for staying in the US. If the reason isn't accepted, the worker must leave.
Mike Bloomberg is shaking up his digital political company Hawkfish. Bloomberg laid off some staff and hired new executives as it prepares for the general election. According to Vox Bloomberg’s team says the shakeup was a long time coming. Bloomberg's company is bidding to lead the digital operation of the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. On Friday the 100-person company laid off more than two dozen employees, primarily on its production and creative team.
Whole Food workers are becoming more organized, now using a grassroots group called Whole Worker. According to Gizmodo, these essential workers are making demands for safe work environments. The group..
Trump ridiculed, then minimized, then delayed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus for weeks. Then finally he wrapped his boastful, confused... Eurasia Review Also reported by •Business Insider