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Apple’s Tim Cook also joined other tech giants to express disappointment over visa freezing

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on June 24, 2020 Published on June 24, 2020

Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Inc   -  File photo

Tech giant Apple’s CEO Tim Cook expressed his disappointment over United States President Donald Trump’s decision of freezing non-immigrant visas till the end of the year.

US President Donald Trump's administration said the ban applies to the issuance of green cards and non-immigrant visas such as H-1B and L-1.

"Like Apple, this nation of immigrants has always found strength in our diversity, and hope in the enduring promise of the American Dream," Cook tweeted on June 23.

Large US-based corporations such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Intel hire several employees who require the H-1B visa.

Cook’s response comes after Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft echoed the same thoughts on the freezing of the visas.

Pichai expressed disappointment at the Trump administrations’ move, stating in a tweet that "Immigration has contributed immensely to America's economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today".

Facebook shared the sentiment and one of its spokespersons said to NBC News: “In reality, restricting immigration would make it harder for the US economy to recover from the pandemic. President Trump’s latest proclamation uses the Covid-19 as justification for limiting immigration. In reality, the move to keep highly-skilled talent out of the US will make our country’s recovery even more difficult.

The White House said the temporary suspension on the visas might help create 5.25 lakh jobs for US workers.

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Published on June 24, 2020
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