Prior to the election in 2016, many people speculated that President Trump would be a friend of legal immigration, often citing his pro-growth business statements, his personal use of many legal immigration programs for his own businesses, and noting that all of his public statements were aimed at curbing illegal immigration. The last 4 years have shown those people that they were very wrong. The facts are that Trump has enacted multiple policies that have been designed to curb and have often completely prevented legal immigration. International cos. seeking to merely transfer its own workers into the U.S. have seen policies and interpretations designed to discourage and prevent global mobility. U.S. employers seeking to hire international talent have seen multiple policies and Service Center interpretations designed to prevent access to international talent, often forcing jobs and projects overseas. Most recently, the White House has announced a series of new policies designed to make it difficult if not impossible for international students graduating from US graduate schools to enter the US job market thereby impacting the talent pipeline for many years to come. If you don’t like history as your guide for what another 4 years would look like, the Trump campaign has announced that one of their primary goals for a 2nd term is to “cut work visas” and further restrict legal immigration. The economic impact of these attacks are significant. A number of economic studies have reviewed the positive economic impact of H-1b workers and recently, the Brookings Institute released a study regarding the economic loss from Trump’s Visa Ban. No one should act surprised this year as you know what you are voting for !
As described earlier this week, the White House has announced its intention to issue a Proclamation that would restrict legal immigration specifically, certain types of work visas. They also indicated their intention to issue regulations that would, effectively end the H-1b program and severely restrict the ability of international students to come into the U.S. and study and then enter the U.S. talent pool. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of its members, made up of both large and small U.S. employers, believe that the actions suggested by the WH would significantly and negatively impact U.S. businesses particularly those who employ STEM workers. They further believe that these proposed actions would increase the amount of work being sent off-shore, to the detriment of the U.S. economy. The Chamber sent a letter to the WH urging them to re-consider. We appreciate the advocacy being done by the Chamber. A summary of the current plan of the WH is outlined in a New York Times piece that ran today. Read it here.
During this current healthcare crisis and severe nursing shortage it is worth noting that the Trump Administration has imposed significant hurdles on bringing international RN’s into the U.S. These changes have no legal basis but, are simply part of the practice of the WH to limit legal immigration. Bloomberg did a nice summary.
And, if you are looking for a recent study discussing the quality of international RN’s check this out from NYU.
And, more on this situation from Forbes.
The Trump Administration has directly and without equivocation attacked legal immigration sending U.S. employers and legal international workers into a state of uncertainty. For a nice summary, check out this recent article. In what can only be described as an ironic twist, Trump appointees to the Supreme Court, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh may soon come to the aid of legal immigration. Both justices, as well as most conservative leaning justices, generally take positions that Federal agencies may not contravene legislative acts of Congress by regulatory actions. Further, they generally hold that Federal agencies may not bypass the Administrative Procedures Act and govern by sub-regulatory actions such as memos, web-site updates, tweets, and unwritten policies. All of the above accurately describe how the Trump Administration has chosen to attack and curtail legal immigration particularly in the realm of H-1b visas. For a description of how the Supreme Court may indirectly take up the issue of business immigration, check out this article.