Sundar Pichai disappointed by Trump's immigration proclamation
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has expressed disappointment over the proclamation issued by US President Donald Trump that temporary suspends foreign work visas including H-1B.
Immigration has contributed immensely to America's economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today, Pichai said in a tweet hours after Trump issued his proclamation in this regard.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Disappointed by today's proclamation - we'll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all, Pichai said.
In a separate statement, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, slammed the latest move of the Trump administration.
The latest travel ban is a new season of the same racist, xenophobic show put on by Donald Trump and Stephen Miller, she said.
But Trump's transparent effort to rally his base and distract from his innumerable failures, including his disastrous response to COVID-19, will not work. Indeed, the courts will stop his unlawful actions targeting immigrants, Gupta said.
Like the past versions of this overused script using a pandemic to justify white nationalist policies, it deserves to be cancelled, she said.
Alice G Wells, who till a few weeks ago was the point person of the Trump administration for South and Central Asia, also opposed the move.
Being able to attract the best and the brightest through the H1-B visa programme has made America more successful and resilient. Knowing how to tap foreign talent is a US strength, not a weakness! Wells said.
Top American lawmakers have urged President Donald Trump to revoke the temporary suspension of H-1B and other non-immigrant visas.
Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said, I'm deeply disappointed by President Trump's misguided order to suspend these key work visa programmes. I urge him to reverse this decision to help ensure our health care system and broader economy are ready to combat the next phase of (coronavirus) pandemic and to create the jobs we need for our economic recovery.
The H-1B programme in particular plays a crucial role in addressing dangerous shortage of healthcare professionals while also providing other key sectors of our economy with talent from around the world to not only fill jobs, but create new ones, he said.