Thursday, November 28, 2019

Who Writes Immigration Rules?? That's the Question

Should this case get to SCOTUS, the outcome could be momentous.

...The government lawyers replied to a lawsuit against the Optional Practical Training program by saying it is a legal extension of laws that allow foreign students to enter U.S. universities.

But the American plaintiffs in the lawsuit say the OPT program was not created by Congress. The program is merely a lobbyist-created, cheap labor program which discriminates against American graduates, and also transfers at least $2 billion each year from Social Security and Medicare to the wealthy investors in technology companies.

The OPT program allows roughly 300,000 foreign graduates of U.S. colleges to get U.S. jobs, usually at low wages, for one or three years. The program helps the foreigners compete for green cards, it sidelines American graduates into unemployment and low prestige jobs, and it also lowers salaries for a wide range of American professionals, say critics....
While it's obvious to most people that importing average-skilled people who then displace US citizens in the job market is stupid, this case has even larger implications:  who legislates?  Congress?  or regulatory agencies?

That's the question.

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