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President Trump has just decided to extend two immigration bans to prevent many people from applying for "green cards" and seasonal foreign workers into the US.

The decision was made by President Donald Trump on December 31, as measures, he deems necessary to protect American workers in the midst of the economic turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The bans, which were enacted in April and June last year, expire on December 31, 2019, but are currently extended until March 31. It is the latest in a series of last-minute immigration decisions by the Trump administration before leaving the White House.

Many businesses have voiced their opposition to the ban on foreign workers. President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office on January 20, also criticized the restrictions but did not say whether he would immediately reverse Trump's decisions.

Trump extended the immigration ban


At least 20 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits while the pandemic is still raging across the country. The US, the world's largest epidemic zone, has reported more than 20 million infections and more than 350,000 deaths since the outbreak broke out last year.

In October, a federal judge in California blocked the Trump administration's suspension of work visas for hundreds of thousands of foreign workers. The judge said the ban would have "irreversible consequences" on businesses, interfering with their operations and forcing them to fire employees.

The California judge's statement contradicted the previous decision of the federal judge in Washington, DC, meaning that the appellate court will make the final decision.

The United States issues 85,000 H-1B visas each year to people with "highly specialized knowledge" and the minimum requirement for a bachelor's degree, often in science, technology, engineering, teaching, and accounting. Critics say high-tech companies have used visas as a tool to hire foreign workers to replace Americans.
 
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