April 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI issued the following statement from its President and CEO Jason Oxman in reaction to President Trump’s proposed plan to suspend all immigration to the United States:

“Some of the most recognizable and dynamic American technology companies were started by immigrants, and today’s immigrants to the U.S. are valuable members of the U.S. technology industry workforce. The tech industry understands and values the need for public health protections due to COVID-19 and stands ready to work with the Trump Administration to address these challenges. We also recognize the profound toll the pandemic has had on American workers; however, the United States will not benefit from shutting down legal immigration. Tech workers – whether from the United States or another country – are playing an essential role in America’s response to COVID-19. They will be vital to the U.S. economic recovery and must remain part of the workforce. We urge President Trump not to endanger the country’s economic recovery by closing its economy to the rest of the world.”

Public Policy Tags: Coronavirus Response, Immigration