On June 22 US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation temporarily suspending issuing of H-1B work visas till the end of the year. Now, a group of 174 Indian nationals, including seven minors, has filed a lawsuit against the proclamation in the US District Court.
"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 the Indian nationals.
On Wednesday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at the US District Court in the District of Columbia issued summons to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F Wolf, along with Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia.
The lawsuit seeks to declare the presidential proclamation as unlawful and urges the court to compel the Department of State to issue decisions on pending requests for H-1B and H-4 visas.