On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending certain types of immigrant visas. We are concerned that Section 6 of the proclamation, which directs a review within 30 days of nonimmigrant programs, may include international exchange programs.
“Sec. 6. Additional Measures. Within 30 days of the effective date of this proclamation, the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall review nonimmigrant programs and shall recommend to me other measures appropriate to stimulate the United States economy and ensure the prioritization, hiring, and employment of United States workers.”
Additional engagement by the Alliance and its members is necessary to reinforce to the Administration the importance of exchange programs in advancing our national security interests, supporting the U.S. economy, and creating American jobs in good times and bad. We support the U.S. Department of State taking into consideration the situation on the ground in the United States and abroad when it decides how to enable international exchange programs. Decisions about travel from countries abroad and the viability of programs here in the United States should continue to be tied to how those respective areas are dealing with COVID-19.