Musk Disagrees with Trump Immigration Decision
Elon Musk has become the latest tech CEO to criticize Donald Trump’s decision to suspend a wide array of immigration visas to the United States until the end of the year.
Musk tweeted about the decision on Monday, stating that the H-1B Visa Program and “these skill sets are net job creators”. He also pushed for “visa reforms”, but argued that the latest decision “is too broad”.
The tech industry frequently uses the H1-B visa program to hire talent from abroad.
Wide condemnation of the decision from the leaders of the tech community
Musk joined the chorus of top tech executives publicly criticizing President Trump’s latest executive order. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith also voiced their displeasure via Twitter.
On June 22, President Trump signed an Executive Order suspending foreign work visas until the end of the current year. He argued that the main reason behind said suspension is to block out competition from immigrants on the job market, especially during a joblessness spike caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Musk is the quintessential embodiment of the American Dream
It should also be noted that Elon Musk is an immigrant himself. Born in South Africa, he immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 in 1989, before moving to the United States in 1992.
In conclusion, all non-U.S. citizens aspiring to work in any of Elon Musk’s companies in America will have to wait until 2021 to do so.