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.