U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Trade Associations Sue Trump Administration

August 7, 2020

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

Text sign showing Lawsuits. Conceptual photo a claim or dispute brought to a law court for adjudication.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Retail Federation, and several others sued the Trump administration on July 21, 2020, seeking an injunction to block President Trump’s recent proclamation suspending new nonimmigrant visas.

Thomas Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO, said the lawsuit “seeks to overturn these sweeping and unlawful immigration restrictions that are an unequivocal ‘not welcome’ sign to the engineers, executives, IT experts, doctors, nurses and other critical workers who help drive the American economy.” He said that left in place, the restrictions would “push investment abroad, inhibit economic growth and reduce job creation.” Linda Kelly, NAM Senior Vice President and General Counsel, said the visa restrictions would “hand other countries a competitive advantage because they will drive talented individuals away from the United States.” Marcie Schneider, President of Intrax, another party to the lawsuit, noted that J-1 cultural exchange programs contribute more than $1.4 billion annually to the American economy.

Why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is Suing the Trump Administration,” New York Times (opinion by U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO)