Trump DOJ Sues Fb For Allegedly Reserving Jobs For Immigrants As an alternative Of American Employees

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The Justice Department on Thursday accused Facebook of illegally reserving jobs for temporary visa holders instead of American workers, another step in the Trump administration’s crackdown on legal immigration.

06 November 2019, USA, Menlo Park: An employee of the internet company Facebook walks through the … [+] Corporate campus courtyard in Menlo Park, California.

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Key factors

The lawsuit accuses Facebook of refusing to hire or consider “qualified and available” US workers in more than 2,600 positions that were instead “reserved for temporary visa holders it has sponsored for permanent work permits.”

The Trump administration passed an ordinance back in June that temporarily suspends all new H1-B visas until the end of 2020.

In a statement, Facebook said it “worked with the DOJ” but denies the allegations in the complaint.

Key background

US tech companies have long spoken out against Trump’s crackdown on H1-B visas, which is part of the government’s policy, advocated by advisor Stephen Miller, to limit both legal and illegal immigration. According to Fortune, 65% of all H1-B visas are for “computer professions”, with Amazon, Google and Facebook being among the companies with the most H1-B employees.

This is a developing story.

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