Trump extends suspension of work visas and green cards until March

The president of United States, Donald Trump, extended the suspension of some work visas and residence cards (green cards) until March 31 to large groups of applicants, with the argument of thus preserving the jobs of Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with this decision, a federal appeals court upheld a rule that requires that new immigrants have their own health insurance. Both measures, adopted on the last day of 2020, summarize how Trump has made the US immigration policy more restrictive without the support of Congress.

Federal judges have limited the impact of the ban to certain visas, a rule that expired Thursday. The president-elect, Joe Biden, He promised to reverse many anti-immigration actions of the tycoon when he arrives at the White House, on the 20th, but it is unknown how quickly and to what degree, or if they are specifically considered in his government plan. In April, Trump banned the issuance of green cards issued abroad, which primarily affects family members of people already living in the United States.

After supporters of immigration restrictions greeted the measure with surprising coldness, the government went much further in June by adding H-1B visas, which are widely used by tech company workers and their families. Also H-2B visas, for seasonal non-agricultural workers; the J-1, for cultural exchanges, and the L-1, for managers and other employees of multinationals.

Divergent opinion

The magnate argued that New measures would protect American jobs in an economy ravaged by the pandemic, while business groups indicated that the measure, on the contrary, would hamper recovery.

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In contrast, the government’s announcement to immediately expel asylum seekers and others who cross the border without documents from Mexico was justified on the grounds that it was made to contain the coronavirus, although the Ap news agency and other media found that Scientific officials saw no evidence to support it. A decision was also made to temporarily ban non-essential travel across the borders with Mexico and Canada in the interest of public health.

In October, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that the ban on work visas could not apply to the groups that sued or their members, who represent much of the nation’s economy: the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufactures, the National Federation of Retailers, the TechNet technology industry group, and Intrax Inc., which runs cultural exchange programs.

In its ruling Thursday, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel voted 2 to 1 to clear the way for Trump’s requirement that migrants have health insurance. New migrants must demonstrate within 30 days that they can get coverage and pay their medical expenses. A federal judge prevented the rule from taking effect almost immediately after it was announced, in October 2019.

The United States Congress yesterday struck a blow to Trump in his final weeks in the White House by vote in favor of eliminating the presidential veto on the Defense budget, the first time legislators reverse one of their vetoes. With a vote of 81 in favor and 13 against eliminating the veto, more than the two-thirds required, the Republican-controlled Senate approved the Defense budget law for $ 740.5 billion for fiscal year 2021.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had already voted to reverse the veto on Monday, with 322 votes in favor and 87 against. Both houses had approved the budget law in early December and with large majorities, but Trump vetoed it on the 23rd as shameful.

They ask to give Pence the power to relegate the tycoon

The United States Justice yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Republican congressman and several members of the party in Arizona, who asked to grant the power to Vice President Mike Pence to appoint Donald Trump on January 6 as new president. As president of the Senate, Pence will preside over the event in which Biden will be proclaimed the winner, but some Republicans wanted to empower the vice president to decide which Electoral College votes were valid alleging election fraud, and thus keep Trump in the race. power.

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The judge for the fifth district of Texas, Jeremy Kernodle, appointed by Trump, has not accepted the lawsuit for lack of basis, according to CNN. Pence had asked the court to dismiss the case, which he considered a walking legal contradiction.

(With information from The Day)

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