The number of Chinese workers moving to the United States for jobs has increased from just a few dozen to more than 4 million in the past two years, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Wednesday.
The number of new hires also has grown since the Obama administration lifted a visa moratorium in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The surge in Chinese workers was largely fueled by a surge in job openings, a sign of the country’s growing economic clout in the global economy.
President Donald Trump announced a temporary immigration ban on China in November.
It will remain in effect until the end of the year.
The rise in Chinese employment has sparked concerns among conservatives who believe the president is taking a tough line on trade, and that Chinese workers have been exploiting the visa program to undercut U.A.E. workers.
Some conservative politicians have pushed for China to be treated as a separate trade partner and have pushed back against President Trump’s attempts to expand trade.