Nov 7, 2020 – SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 23 attorney general in an amicus letter in Gomez against Trump on Friday, urging the U.S. court to call of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn a court ruling that partially upheld President Trump’s proclamations that indefinitely disrupt much of the country’s immigration system. On April 22nd and June 22nd, President Trump signed two separate immigration notices restricting immigrants and foreign workers traveling on a nonimmigrant work visa to enter the United States, including students, technicians, and families of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents , effectively prohibit. Building on an earlier letter from a court friend, the coalition reiterates that the proclamations illegally divide families, harm states, and likely slow economic and social recovery from COVID-19.
“Keeping families apart is wrong. It is stupid and myopic to keep away the talented workforce that our economy needs. ” said Attorney General Becerra. “The damage from the pandemic is real and increasing. We don’t need the self-inflicted wounds caused by the Trump proclamations to make things worse for our families and our economy. That is why we – together with our partners across the country – are asking the court to stop this president’s illegal attack on our immigration system. “
Instead of taking meaningful action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the president’s proclamations are a red herring – a scapegoat for immigrants and an end to Congress-approved immigration to the United States. The federal government estimates that the proclamations could prevent at least 525,000 people from entering the United States, including parents, adult children, and siblings of U.S. citizens, and spouses and adult children of lawful permanent residents. The bans harm states by denying our residents the right to reunite with their families and harm our economies because immigrants and non-immigrants play important roles in our schools, fields, and businesses. They also create new jobs, start businesses, pay taxes, and buy goods and services. Rather than helping the Americans, the proclamations are based on a deeply flawed and flawed understanding of how the economy really works. Broader participation in the labor market spurs job creation and increases spending in the United States. A 2014 report found that the elimination of a large number of H-1B visas – among the visas to which the President’s proclamations refer – during the Great Recession hit the United States due to lost innovation and growth workers would have spurred around 231,224 jobs in the technology sector. Aside from harming businesses and families across the country, the proclamations also have a direct impact on international students who employ and enroll in our colleges and universities. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, international students contributed an estimated $ 6 billion to the California economy in 2017 alone, creating around 70,131 jobs.
When filing the Amicus Letter, Attorney General Becerra will be accompanied by Attorney General of New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
You can find a copy of the Amicus Brief here.
Source: CA. DOJ