The effects of the executive order by Trumps administration is momentous.
It is no secret that Silicon Valley Companies have concerns on how this could affect their business. Our technological world has heavily relied on H1B Visa workers. Lets face it, our education system has not been able to match that of our foreign competitors. Could this be the reason that Japan is so far ahead of us when it comes to tech innovation? According to Michelle Quinn of the mercury news Romish Badani chief executive of Bridge US, said foreign companies are now holding off on their expansions due to the uncertainty of what will happen next.
Most of these individuals occupy specialty roles and at times within various companies. The Immigration and Nationality Act allows for aliens to be awarded a visa for purposes of working in America as long as “entry into the United States will substantially benefit prospectively the United States”. I think we may be forgetting some of the sections of this act that are important to our success as a country. The latest executive order of our presidents administration was to stop the travel of these non-immigrants causing a halt on productivity for some US based tech companies.
When your administration is hitting the pockets of US based companies like Uber then maybe we should give some attention to a much needed pivot. According to Tribune Media Wire there were over 200,000 deletes of the Uber app after “Uber drivers broke a taxi strike during the protests of Trump’s executive order barring travel from seven majority-Muslim countries at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York”. The #deleteuber campaign hit the company hard enough to spark a call to action and Uber announce a legal campaign to assist any drivers affected by the executive order to ban travel.
In summation we should give attention to the impact immigrants have on this country. I am by no means saying that anyone should be allowed to illegally occupy U.S. residency. The point I am making is simple. Let’s embrace the H-1B Visa workers, stamp their visa, and move forward on more pressing issues. We need them just as much as they need us. Our tech innovation depends on it.
I’m just saying…