San Francisco’s tech workers have a message for President Trump.
The day before Valentine’s Day, tech workers in San Francisco gathered in front of the Children’s Creativity Museum to protest President Trump and his recent immigration policies. Even though his original executive order banning refugees and immigrants from Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Syria was blocked by the courts, it hasn’t stopped Trump from continuing the fight. Trump has announced that he will be issuing a different immigration order after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the original court decision to block the ban, even though he is now appealing the decision. Tech companies and others in Silicon Valley are worried about the Trump administration possible plans to overhaul the H-1B visa program, according to Bloomberg. H-1B visas are non-immigrant work visas that allow workers to live in the U.S. to work, which is the very same program Trump has admitted to using himself for his businesses.
Tech workers from LinkedIn, Cisco, and Apple joined to show support for immigrant workers, according to TechCrunch.
“Yes, because money matters,” Judy Tuan, one of the protest organizers and a engineer for IndieGoGo, told TechCrunch about whether this protest will do anything. “An immigration ban is super detrimental to the workforce. Like, talking about diversity as a moral good isn’t something that historically works, but talking about diversity and immigration and other things from the point of view from the bottom line does work.”
Only time will tell what Trump and his administration will do regarding H-1B visas.
As it stands, there are only 65,000 H-1B visas granted a year to those who have a bachelor’s degree, are working in a specialized occupation and will be earning a wage. There are an additional 20,000 H-1B visas granted to those with master’s degrees if necessary.