The Office of Global Michigan strongly opposes President Trump’s recent Executive Order further restricting the U.S. immigration system. The newly-signed order blocks – through the end of the year – visas for a variety of guest workers. The order covers H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L visas. These visa categories often include scientists, engineers, technology experts and non-agricultural seasonal employees.
This halt on temporary work visas undercuts Michigan’s economy specifically attacking industries that rely on these workers. Our automotive and high-tech industries that rely on high-skilled foreign workers. Our tourism industry that relies on seasonal workers to supplement their workforce and meet the demands of tourists visiting our great State. Our many international companies such as Ford, GM, Whirlpool and Kellogg who may transfer executives, managers or employees with specialized knowledge to either help start up a new U.S. subsidiary or as part of the company’s normal course of business. And, our cultural industry benefiting from the contribution of exchange visitors on work study programs.
Michigan has a rich history of welcoming immigrants from around the World and Governor Whitmer has affirmed her commitment to Michigan remaining a “Welcoming State." The Office of Global Michigan will continue to work with our partners to ensure immigrants, refugees, new Americans and our global residents are an integral part of our community.