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Judge blocks large parts of temporary work visa ban

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Posted at 6:30 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 21:30:20-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy.

Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland, Calif., a George W. Bush appointee, says President Donald Trump likely acted outside the bounds of his authority.

The preliminary injunction applies to hundreds of thousands of members of organizations that sued the administration — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, technology industry group TechNet and Intrax Inc., which sponsors cultural exchanges.

White said his order didn’t extend beyond those groups but noted they are comprised of “hundreds of thousands of American businesses of all sizes from a cross-section of economic sectors,” including Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.