Trump Extends Suspension of Entry of Certain Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

05. Jan. 2021

Despite low unemployment rate in computer science and engineering occupations, President Trump has chosen to extend Proclamation 10052, which was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020, through March 31, 2021.

Indications are that eliminating this proclamation, along with the proclamations banning applicants of green cards from abroad and visitors from primarily Muslim countries, will be among the Biden administration’s early actions on immigration. Rescinding Proclamation 10052 will require president-elect Biden to find that the entry of the impacted foreign nationals is no longer detrimental to the interests of the U.S.  It should not be difficult to reach that finding considering the fact the unemployment rate for computer occupations was 2.3% in November 2020, compared to the 3.0% unemployment rate for computer occupations in January 2020 (before the pandemic), according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS).