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Universities Say Trump’s Visa Restrictions Will Keep Out ‘Best and Brightest’ Workers

Universities Say Trump’s Visa Restrictions Will Keep Out ‘Best and Brightest’ Workers

“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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Morning Sunshine | June 26, 2020 at 12:22 pm

I think he meant to say: “international scholars play a critical role in the funding of the universities.”

And how many university researchers have been found to be taking money under the table from the Chinese government, while their “best and brightest” are stealing basic research and exfiltrating it to China?

Look, we should have the “best and brightest” here, no matter where they come from. If those folks want to build lives in this country, I am all for it. But if they retain loyalty elsewhere and steal our research, I want no part of those people.

And when American workers are being displaced in favor of onshore or offshore foreign workers who are paid non-competitive wages, that can’t be allowed. Commoditized outsourcing, managed service providers, etc. do not bring to bear the “best and brightest”. They bring in low wage workers who add minimal value and displace American workers to only line the pockets of investors.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Colleges started this 100% total fake DEM PANIC locked up, so they can just shut up.

So… what does that say about all their graduates?

Please remind me again why I should care about the opinions of these oppressive, racist and antiquated institutions.

The world’s best and brightest can still come on an “O1” visa (The ‘O’ is for Outstanding)

    artichoke in reply to Neo. | June 28, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    This is the right answer to shoot back at anyone who says these immigrants are essential. If they are essential they can qualify for O1. If they cannot qualify, it’s something we can replicate pretty easily from homegrown talent.

Well, that says a lot about our homegrown students, doesn’t it?

“Best and brightest”? I’d guess somebody’s in a tizzy because nannies are going to get more expensive.

Dantzig93101 | June 26, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Universities won’t be able to get the full-tuition students whose parents’ money underwrites the diversity commissariat, gender studies nonsense, and affirmative-action enrollees.

And giant corporations won’t get indentured servants to undercut Americans’ wages and eliminate their jobs.

    randian in reply to Dantzig93101. | June 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Not quite. Trump is only getting rid of temporary work visas, and then only for the remainder of 2020. Companies can just wait 6 months and the visa situation will be back to normal. He isn’t blocking H1Bs, the bane of the tech industry.

      artichoke in reply to randian. | June 28, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      I believe he is blocking H1B in this order, as well as OPT and H2B. The best chance to get such an order extended is to reelect him.

MattLauersNob | June 28, 2020 at 7:42 am

Indians cheat like hell at uni. It’s why so many are straight A students but utterly useless once they get a job.