Google speaks out against Trump’s halt to guest worker visas

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

On Monday, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending a range of visa programs — including the guest worker visas, like the H-1B, commonly used by tech companies to attract overseas talent. The new restrictions apply primarily to new visa applicants or H1-B holders who are currently out of the country.

A range of tech companies and industry groups have already pushed back against the proclamation, casting the order as a threat to the tech industry and US innovation more broadly.

In a statement to The Verge, Google emphasized the contributions of immigrants to American public life, without directly addressing the new restrictions.

“Immigrants have not only fueled technological breakthroughs and created new businesses and jobs but…

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