"Suspending this programme will only weaken our economy and our health care workforce at a time when the need to strengthen both is as clear as ever," Krishnamoorthi said.
"This is not the right approach," said Senator Democratic Whip Dick Durbin and Congressmen Bill Pascrell and Ro Khanna after Trump's decision to bar H-1B and other work visas through the end of the year.
We need to mend the H-1B programme, not end it. Instead of suspending H-1B visas, t"he Trump Administration should ask Congress to pass the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2020, which reforms the H-1B program with a scalpel, not a sledgehammer," the three top American lawmakers said.
They have introduced a bipartisan legislation, which they said would protect American workers and end the abuse of the H-1B programme to outsource American jobs and exploit workers, while ensuring employers could still hire talented immigrant workers when no qualified American is available to do the job.
Congresswoman Donna E Shalala alleged that Trump is now attacking American businesses - and jeopardising the economic recovery - "in service of xenophobia. America will be poorer and less competitive because of it," she said.
This Executive Order is yet another example of President Trump using the coronavirus pandemic to advance a hateful and extreme anti-immigrant agenda, said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.
"There's no question that employers should hire out of work Americans whenever possible, but Maine businesses have said repeatedly they need H-2B, J-1, L-1 visa holders to operate and continue to reopen... This ban will make our economic recovery more difficult," she said.
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