As many as 174 Indians, including seven minors, have filed a lawsuit against the US President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend issuing of the H-1B work visas till the end of the year. The lawsuit drafted and filed by lawyer Wasden Banias on Tuesday states that the “ban hurts the United States’ economy, separates families and defies the Congress”.

On Wednesday, Columbian US District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued summons to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F Wolf and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia.

“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,” the Indians’ lawsuit read.

On June 22, Trump announced in his presidential proclamation the issuing of an H-1B visa is being temporarily suspended till the end of the year.

“In the administration of our nation’s immigration system, we must remain mindful of the impact of foreign workers on the United States labor market, particularly in the current extraordinary environment of high domestic unemployment and depressed demand for labor,” the US President had stated.