US President Donald Trump has struck a chord with America First, targeting migrant professionals and has halted the process of issuing new green cards or allowing valid permanent residency for the next 60 days.
This step has been taken to protect the jobs of American workers, keeping in mind the impact the economy has caused due to the Coronavirus. Also, this ban on new immigrants will help preserve important medical resources for American citizens.
Trump said that there will be some relaxation in this system, but the moratorium can be extended beyond two months. Apparently, the move will have no effect on those who are temporarily coming to the US for work. People who are living on non-immigration visas like H-1B will also not be affected.
Two months after leaving the job, these people may have to leave the country, but the last word is yet to be said in this case. Green cards can also be given to medical workers or those applying for citizenship under the investment category during this two-month stay. The protest has been seen in the US over Trump's decision.
Opposition Democrats say the move has been taken to combat the Coronavirus and to divert attention from the November election. According to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, about one million legitimate foreign workers and their families are waiting for a green card.
Mostly, this decision will affect Indian professionals. The Indian community is already apprehensive about the S386 amendment brought by US Senator Dick Durbin to drastically change the current rules for granting green cards.
The majority of the revenue of foreign Indian IT companies from Infosys, Wipro, TCS, etc. comes from the USA. About 100 Indian companies currently work in the US, whose green card is a big issue for employees.
This decision can spoil their business, so the Government of India should raise this issue at the official level. He has been unaware that migrants have played a major role in taking the American economy to such heights.
In this hour of crisis, they are willing to stand with the ancestral Americans and they will also have an important role in rebuilding the economy. America should understand that it cannot deal with this crisis by opening a front to everyone. For years, putting people working in the hope of American citizenship in the air like this is like getting rid of their best resources.