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President Donald Trump has ordered a freeze on new visas for foreigners on certain temporary work visas - including high-skilled H-1B visas - through the end of the year.
Senior administration officials told reporters that the move was necessary to preserve jobs amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Under the extraordinary circumstances of the economic contraction resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak, certain nonimmigrant visa programs authorizing such employment pose an unusual threat to the employment of American workers," Trump said.
But Microsoft President Brad Smith argued:
"Now is not the time to cut our nation off from the world’s talent or create uncertainty and anxiety. Immigrants play a vital role at our company and support our country’s critical infrastructure. They are contributing to this country at a time when we need them most."
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On the Radar
Amendments to the JUSTICE Act?
The Senate is set to take a key procedural vote later today that will decide whether the “world’s greatest deliberative body” will start a debate on police reform legislation that leads to votes on amendments, with the goal of eventually passing a bill that can become a law.
The vote is not a vote on final passage—it's simply to bring the bill to the floor so that debate can continue and amendments can be considered before a vote on final passage occurs.
The motion requires 60 votes to succeed, which means that if all 53 Republicans vote in favor they’ll need to be joined by at least 7 Democrats for debate to continue. Several Democrats, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), have said they oppose the motion to continue debate and consider amendments because they view the JUSTICE Act in its current form as “not salvageable” even with the potential consideration of amendments.
Under the Radar
Trump Threatens 10-Years Prison for 'Vandals' Targeting Monuments
President Trump has threatened protesters they face 10 years in prison for desecrating statues and monuments.
"I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the US with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent," the president wrote on Twitter.
Trump's comments come after civil rights protestors attempted to take down a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House Monday night. The Veterans' Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act of 2003 establishes criminal penalties for the targeting of veterans' memorials across the nation.
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And, in the End…
On this date in 1884, John R. Lynch, a former congressman from Mississippi, was elected temporary chairman of the Republican convention. Lynch thus became first Black to preside over deliberations of a national political party.
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