The Trump administration has developed an implementing regulation to suspend new temporary work visas for foreign employees, three sources told CNBC.
The proclamation could target J-1 visas or other cultural or work exchange programs. Visas previously issued would not be revoked.
Although the White House has not yet made a final policy decision, it could be completed by this week before a scheduled Trump rally in Tulsa on Saturday.
Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who has repeatedly urged immigration, and Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli led the plan. While Trump supports the effort, other top advisors mixed it up.
The move would promote the Trump administration's nativist bias: the White House would justify the order by arguing that American citizens should keep jobs because the unemployment rate after the corona virus lockout is over 13%. It could get a setback from the travel industry, restaurants and other sectors that rely on temporary employment visa programs.
There may be exceptions for some companies that can demonstrate a specific need.
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