“a self-inflicted wound to the country that serves no useful purpose”
Trump is being criticized here for his efforts to help American workers. Amazing.
Campus Reform reports:
Universities claim new Trump visa restrictions will keep out ‘best and brightest’ workers
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday to suspend the issuance of a number of temporary worker visas through 2020. The proclamation aims to prioritize American workers, given the recent economic contraction spurred by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Multiple universities were quick to denounce the proclamation, claiming it would stymie research and negatively impact the U.S. economy. The proclamation does recognize the contributions of foreign workers to the U.S. economy, but asserts that “under the extraordinary circumstances of the economic contraction resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, certain nonimmigrant visa programs authorizing such employment pose an unusual threat to the employment of American workers.”
The Office of the President at Rockefeller University claimed in a statement released Tuesday to all university employees, that the proclamation is “ill-conceived,” “unnecessary,” and “a self-inflicted wound to the country that serves no useful purpose.”
These claims come as the U.S. unemployment rate sits at around 13 percent, up 9.8 percentage points since February. The primary purpose of the proclamation is to avoid “persistently high unemployment” by ensuring that the “labor supply” does not outpace “labor demand.”
In a recent statement, Vanderbilt University lamented the fact that the suspension would limit “the ability of America’s top research universities to recruit the world’s best and brightest.” Claiming that “international scholars play a critical role in the deep interdisciplinary collaboration, diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, and the free exchange of ideas that are the hallmarks of groundbreaking discoveries and innovation.”
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