Those of us who favor a more tightly controlled immigration policy have had our ups and downs with President Trump. All too often, his promised changes have become what the software world calls “vaporware,” i.e. planned features that sort of evaporate without ever being released. (Can you say “The Wall”?)
Nevertheless, as we reported yesterday regarding the first refugeeless month ever, there have been successes we could never have enjoyed without the President. Now, for what it’s worth, we see that Forbes magazine is listing a series of planned policy and rule changes that are sure to gladden the hearts of no one on the Left and no one among the cheap labor crowd, where Forbes resides.
Quoting from a Department of Homeland Security document, Forbes lists the following proposed immigration policy and rule changes:
H-1B Visas: In general, eliminate from specialty occupations jobs that do not require bachelor’s degrees. In particular, revise the definition of “specialty occupation” to exclude computer programmers, who are often admitted here with only an Associate’s degree. Increase scrutiny of companies seeking to hire through the H-1B visa program and require H-1B employees to be paid according to industry standards, thus discouraging employers interested only in cheap labor.
H-4 EAD: Rescind an existing rule that allows many spouses of H-1B visa holders to work.
L-1 Visas: These visas allow foreign companies with offices in the U.S. to transfer employees to the U.S. after claiming those employees have “specialized knowledge.” Trump aims to increase scrutiny of these often dubious claims and to tighten restrictions on the number of such employees with such alleged knowledge.
Optional Practical Training (OPT): This program allows foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges to remain and work in the U.S. for up to two years (officially), for STEM graduates. DHS will tighten maintenance of the program to prevent overstays. Also, current foreign students will be subject to restrictions on length of authorized stay. According to Forbes, similar policy changes have already resulted in a 10 percent reduction in new foreign students coming to America to study.
EB-5 visas: This visa program is essentially a “green-card-for-purchase” program, allowing well-heeled foreign investors to buy their way into the U.S. Eighty-five percent of EB-5 visa holders in 2014 were Chinese nationals. Proposed changes would include enhanced monitoring and an increase in the minimum investment required.
Immigration Sponsors: Organizations sponsoring immigrants will be required to reimburse the government if those immigrants go on public assistance.
Asylum: The administration will abolish rules requiring automatic reconsideration of discretionary denials of asylum applications. Also rules governing “credible fear” claims will be tightened, raising the bar of what constitutes credible fear.
The article concludes this way:
The Trump administration’s regulatory agenda on immigration is ambitious and far-reaching. It’s an attempt to lock into place changes to immigration policy that cannot be easily undone, regardless of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
And it adds, glumly:
There is one glaring omission from the Trump administration’s regulatory agenda – any measure to make it easier for foreign-born individuals to work, study or live in the United States.
To which we say, Thank you, Mr. President. Please ensure that these changes–and more like them–happen.
For more, see Forbes.