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H-1B visa: Bay Area tech giants fight new Trump administration rules

Rules would ‘stunt the U.S. economy’s recovery from the pandemic, filing claims

The Bay Area’s technology giants, heavily reliant on foreign workers, have joined the legal fight against the Trump administration’s new rules for the H-1B visa.

Google, Apple, Facebook, HP, Twitter and LinkedIn are among 46 companies and business groups that signed on to a “friend of the court” brief in a lawsuit fighting the regulations on minimum pay and qualifying employment.

“The H-1B visa program provides tremendous benefits to the U.S. economy and U.S. workers,” the brief filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland claimed. “The presence in the United States of these high-skilled employees fuels innovation, increases productivity and the size of the U.S. economy, and — most important — creates additional jobs and higher wages for U.S. workers.”

The filing cited a comment by a Homeland Security official saying the new rules would lead a third of H-1B applications to be rejected. “That will significantly reduce the economic benefits provided by the H-1B program, stunt the U.S. economy’s recovery from the pandemic, and lead to greater reliance by U.S. companies on operations outside of the United States — inflicting long-term damage to our nation’s economic growth,” the brief said.

The lawsuit, filed last month by plaintiffs that included the Bay Area Council, Stanford University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, seeks to block the federal government rules, arguing they “would virtually foreclose the hiring of new individuals via the H-1B program.”

The tech firms and industry groups claimed in court documents that the rules would “dramatically reduce U.S. businesses’ ability to hire these skilled foreign workers.” Read more via SiliconValley

Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups 7 years. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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