During the quiet of a recent congressional recess, Obama’s DHS gave the Big Tech lobbyists a gift: a “reform” that will result in the admission of many more foreigners under the L-1B visa, a program intended to bring in “intracompany transferees” from American firms’ affiliated companies abroad. With Congress failing to give the administration its requested increase in annual H-1B visas (which are “skilled” temporary non-immigrant worker visas), DHS lawyers came up with an alternative. But Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wants answers on Obama’s authority for the move, Attorney Ian Smith reports today at NationalReviewOnline.
The L-1B visa, a cousin of the H-1B, applies to so-called “specialized knowledge” employees, usually in the IT industry, who may be transferred to the U.S. to work here for up to five years. Often, as with H-1B holders, these “temporary” workers end up staying. In a strongly-worded letter to Obama’s immigration minions, Grassley points out that the law was “narrowly drawn” by Congress to limit the program to “key employees” with “specialized knowledge” and was not meant to be a mass temporary-worker program. What the Obama lawyers have attempted to do by “policy memorandum” is expand the terms “key employees” and “specialized knowledge” so that there will be no real limit to L-1B admissions.
Grassley also notes that the administration failed to make the change through the normal regulatory process, a possible violation of the law. Once again, Obama has acted unilaterally on immigration policy.
Posted 9/21/15 by Margaret Hull