Biden to Allow Trump-Ara Guest Worker Pause to Expire

President Biden is expected to allow a guest worker visa pause – first signed by former President Donald Trump last year – to expire on Wednesday, a move welcomed by big businesses who opposed the ban but opposed by immigration hawks who warn it will hurt American workers.

Proclamation 10052, signed by Trump in June 2020, suspended guest worker programs – including new H-1B tech worker visas, H-2B seasonal worker visas, certain J work and education exchange visitor visas, and L executive transfer visas. It contained exemptions for military and health care workers, as well as cases deemed in the national interest.

Signed in the early months of the pandemic, it was not done for public health reasons but to protect the job market – with the administration estimating it would affect around 600,000 jobs.

“In order to ensure that we are hiring Americans first, we are putting a pause on certain non-immigrant visas into the United States,” a senior Trump administration official told Fox News at the time, “again for the purpose of ensuring that Americans can get jobs here in the U.S.”

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