Despite high unemployment in 2020, companies were not able to fill jobs left open due to Covid-19 and the Trump administration barring entry of foreign skilled workers, says a news report in the Wall Street Journal.
In 2020, and extending into March 2021, the Trump administration put in place a series of bans on foreign skilled workers through the year (April, June, and December) restricting H-1B and other work visas, except for farm workers.
The preliminary finding for 2020, the Journal noted was that “Even with skyrocketing U.S. unemployment, businesses that relied on foreign workers and were able to remain open during the pandemic struggled to fill jobs, employers said,” the Journal reported Feb. 15, 2021, the result of a study by the libertarian Cato Institute think tank.
The Journal quotes a Cato expert, Alex Nowrasteh, director of immigration studies, whose research shows unemployed workers in the U.S. were not interested in jobs held by foreign workers hired at the lower end and seasonal jobs market; and spots vacated with the visa ban on high-skilled foreigners could not be filled because U.S. workers were unqualified for those “specialized jobs at the higher end.”
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