The reversal of this rule will hurt many families who will be forced to survive on a single income—a concern brought up by US lawmakers a few months ago. “This barring of individuals from working, in this case spouses, it’s unfair,” US Representative Anna Eshoo, whose district houses the headquarters of Google and Facebook, told SFGate. “What possible rationale is there for allowing one to work and one (to) not?”

The proposed move rests on “the underlying assumption that immigrants are taking jobs rather than being valued and protected for their immense contributions to this nation,” Lakshmi Sridaran, director of national policy and advocacy at non-profit South Asian Americans Leading Together, told Quartz earlier.

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