with Tonya Riley
Tech industry leaders are aggressively criticizing President Trump’s immigration crackdown, warning the move could prevent them from recruiting the most highly-skilled workers from around the world.
Many major companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter and top industry groups came out swinging against Trump’s sweeping order to block a broad range of worker visas until the end of the year. The president’s proclamation applies to H-1B visas, which many tech companies rely on to bring engineers and other specialized workers to the United States. (Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
Aaron Levie, the chief executive of Box, warned the restrictions could result in the next top tech company developing outside the United States:
In the digital economy, you hire where the talent is. When you restrict immigration, the jobs still get created, just somewhere else. And later down the road,…