President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration last week were just the beginning.
The administration has drafted a new executive order that takes aim at the work visa program in the US, reported Bloomberg on Sunday. Foreign work visas, known as H-1B visas, are important to the hiring practices of US tech companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft.
If signed, companies could have to change hiring practices and attempt to find employees in the US first before seeking workers internationally, said the report. It's unclear how much weight such an executive order would have in the short term, and Congress is already re-examining the issuance of H-1B visas.
Google and other tech industry leaders criticized Trump's order last week barring refugees and immigrants from seven largely Muslim countries. We can probably expect similar, if not more impassioned, responses if Trump signs this order -- one that would directly impact many in the tech world.
The Trump administration didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
US Tech Policy
reading•Trump's next target? Work visas tech firms rely on
Aug 19•Twitter CEO Dorsey explains ignoring Infowars' rules violations
Aug 16•The answer to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube's problems with Infowars? Transparency
Aug 15•Twitter's Dorsey vows 'consistent' enforcement after Alex Jones, Infowars suspended
Aug 15•Infowars, Alex Jones test the limits of free speech on Twitter and beyond