US Tech Giants Criticise Trump's Decision to Suspend Work Visas

The White House announced that the restrictions were put in place to ensure American workers get first priority.

US Tech Giants Criticise Trump's Decision to Suspend Work Visas

The White House said the restrictions are in place to prioritise Americans

  • US decision to suspend H-1B visas has sparked criticism from tech giants
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai took to Twitter to voice his disapproval
  • Microsoft's Brad Smith said that the timing of the order is wrong

US President Donald Trump suspended the entry of some foreign workers on Monday in a bid to boost domestic hiring, sparking opposition from corporate America and tech sector executives including Google's Sundar Pichai and Tesla's Elon Musk.

The visa suspension, effective Wednesday, will last until the end of the year and is expected to open up 5,25,000 jobs for US workers.

Alphabet's Google:

Pichai, Alphabet's chief executive officer, said in a tweet, "Immigration has contributed immensely to America's economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today. Disappointed by today's proclamation - we'll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all."



Susan Wojcicki, the chief of Alphabet's YouTube, tweeted: "Immigration is central to America's story, and it's central to my own family's story. My family escaped danger and found a new home in America ... at YouTube, we join Google in standing with immigrants and working to expand opportunity for all."



Google had 2,678 H1B visa approvals in 2019, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services.


"Amazon opposes the Administration's short-sighted decision to pause high-skill visa programs. Welcoming the best & the brightest global talent is critical to America's economic recovery. We will continue to support these programs & efforts to protect the rights of immigrants," the company said.

The company had the most number of H-1B visa approvals at 3,026 in 2019.


"This is unbelievably bad policy on every level. It will only mean more jobs move outside the US, and in no way makes America better or more competitive," CEO Aaron Levie tweeted.



Box had 21 H-1B visa approvals in 2019.

Facebook Inc

"President Trump's latest proclamation uses the COVID-19 pandemic as justification for limiting immigration. In reality, the move to keep highly-skilled talent out of the US will make our country's recovery even more difficult. America is a nation of immigrants and our economy and country benefit when we encourage talented people from around the world to live, work, and contribute here. That's more true now than ever," the company said.

Facebook had 1,518 H-1B visa approvals in 2019.


"Now is not the time to cut our nation off from the world's talent or create uncertainty and anxiety. Immigrants play a vital role at our company and support our country's critical infrastructure. They are contributing to this country at a time when we need them most," president Brad Smith tweeted.



Microsoft had 1,701 H-1B visa approvals in 2019.

PayPal Holdings

"Creating new restrictions for immigrants who seek to work in the U.S. is disappointing — and will slow our progress as a nation," CEO Dan Schulman said on LinkedIn.

Paypal had 271 H-1B visa approvals in 2019.


"As we plan for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis let's focus on common sense & fair immigration policies. H-1B workers should be treated with respect & dignity. They generate real innovation & growth . . . benefiting us all and fueling our economy. We embrace all our Ohana," CEO Marc Benioff said in a tweet.

Salesforce had 267 H1B visa approvals in 2019.


"Very much disagree with this action. In my experience, these skillsets are net job creators. Visa reform makes sense, but this is too broad," Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted.



Tesla had 324 H1B visa approvals in 2019.


"This proclamation undermines America's greatest economic asset: its diversity. People from all over the world come here to join our labor force, pay taxes, and contribute to our global competitiveness on the world stage," the company said.

Twitter had 117 H1B visa approvals in 2019.

Uber Technologies

"As a company that builds technology for a global audience, Uber believes immigration helps to fuel innovation. Today's executive order is disappointing for people from all over the world and will hurt American businesses," the company said.

The company had 486 H-1B visa approvals in 2019.

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