Late yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with a host of other businesses, trade associations, universities and research labs filed a Federal lawsuit against both the DOL and the DHS challenging the recent regulations which both published last week, significantly impacting the employment of high-skilled immigrants. The lawsuit alleges procedural defects in the promulgation of the regulations and also substantive issues in the content. A summary of the complaint can be found here.
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.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has once again reached out to Congress to advocate for CIR specifically urging action to insure that the U.S. has access to the top talent the world has to offer.
Last week, the Information Technology Industry Council, Partnership for a New American Economy, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new study, “Help Wanted The Role Of Foreign Workers In The Innovation Economy”. At a time when the focus of the U.S. Congress is on providing amnesty (a path to citizenship) for millions of undocumented persons, we need the message to be heard of the dire need for improvement and greater access to foreign talent so important to innovation. Check out the study; it is short and pass it onto your Congressmen and tell them how foreign workers have helped your business grow or if you are a foreign entrepreneur or innovator, tell them your story.