According to three people familiar with the situation, US President Joe Biden is expected to allow a proclamation issued by his Republican predecessor that barred several temporary foreign workers from entering the country to expire on Wednesday.
Since taking office on Jan. 20, the Democratic president has overturned many of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including revoking a proclamation that had barred many applicants for permanent residency, also known as a green card, from entering the United States.
Trump first released his directive on temporary foreign workers in June 2020, and then extended it until March 31, 2020, before leaving office, claiming that it was appropriate to protect American workers during the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in high unemployment.
As the public health situation improved and temperatures warmed, jobless claims in the United States plummeted to a one-year low in mid-March. Despite this, a Labor Department study released last week revealed that almost 19 million Americans are still receiving unemployment benefits.
In July, the National Association of Manufacturers and the United States Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in an attempt to reverse Trump’s temporary job ban. In October, a federal judge in California suspended the proposal when it extended to hundreds of thousands of companies in the United States that were part of the groups that had sued.
The judge determined that Trump’s proposal would cause companies “irreparable harm” by interfering with their operations and forcing them to lay off workers and close open positions.
Biden’s decision to lift the foreign worker ban was first stated by Bloomberg News.Skilled foreign workers on so-called H-1B visas, which enable U.S. employers to temporarily recruit foreign workers in specialized occupations, are among those impacted by the restrictions. Companies that offer outsourcing services make up the majority of H-1B program’s top users.