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More than 170 Indian nationals file lawsuit against US President Donald Trump over H-1B visa

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Washington, July 16: As many as 174 Indian nationals, including seven minors, has filed a lawsuit against the recent presidential proclamation on H-1B that would prevent them from entering the United States or a visa would not be issued to those nationals.

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According to reports, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at the US District Court in the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued summonses to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F Wolf, along with Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia.

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"The proclamation 10052's H-1B/H-4 visa ban hurts the United States' economy, separates families and defies the Congress. While the two former points render it unseemly, the latter point renders it unlawful," said the lawsuit filed by lawyer Wasden Banias on behalf of a group of Indian nationals.

It can be seen the lawsuit seeks an order declaring the presidential proclamation restriction on issuing new H-1B or H4 visas or admitting new H-1B or H-4 visa holders as unlawful.

On June 22, in his presidential proclamation, the US President Donald Trump temporarily suspended issuing of H-1B work visas till the end of the year.

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    "In the administration of our nation's immigration system, we must remain mindful of the impact of foreign workers on the United States labour market, particularly in the current extraordinary environment of high domestic unemployment and depressed demand for labour," said the proclamation issued by Trump.

    Meanwhile, several lawmakers urged Scalia on Tuesday to reverse the work visa ban.

    "Throughout this administration, the president has continued to lament the alleged abuses of the immigration system while failing to address the systemic problems that have persisted and allowed businesses and employers to exploit and underpay immigrant workers, guest workers and American workers," the lawmakers wrote.

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