The Future of STEM OPT

The Future of STEM OPT

Last year’s ruling on STEM OPT (optional practical training for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) granted students in those fields a three year post-graduation authorization to work in the United States. This year, the future of that ruling is in question.

Speaking with Bloomberg BNA, I stated that there would surely be a court battle if the program was rescinded. I added that any argument that STEM OPT was somehow illegal would be very dubious. One likely argument ICE could claim is that the regulation is an economic disadvantage to American students. Yet, we’ll just have to wait and see exactly how they go about rescinding STEM OPT, if they do.

I also spoke with The PIE News (Professionals in International Education) to explain the legal case for maintaining STEM OPT:

“A federal court has already held that the Department of Homeland Security had the statutory authority to publish a rule extending OPT to students in STEM fields. The court noted that since at least 1947, the immigration agency has interpreted the immigration laws to allow foreign students to engage in employment for practical training purposes. During all that time, Congress acquiesced to that interpretation.”

The Bloomberg BNA article is at https://www.bna.com/work-program-foreign-n73014470707/. The PIE News article is at https://thepienews.com/news/us-work-restrictions-harmful-to-economy/.

DACA Phaseout is Chance to Rethink Policy, but RAISE Act is Wrong Answer

DACA Phaseout is Chance to Rethink Policy, but RAISE Act is Wrong Answer

In six months, the Trump administration will wind down the DACA program, which gives Congress an opportunity to not only help DACA participants, but to look at the big picture and ask ourselves fundamental questions. These questions start with “Who should we admit to the U.S.?” “how many people,” and “what kinds?”

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia have introduced the RAISE Act in an attempt to provide new answers to the critical questions. But the plan, backed by Trump, is an overly simplistic solution to a complex issue. Given the provisions within the RAISE Act, it would reduce legal immigration by 50% within the next decade.

As far as Trump, Cotton and Perdue are concerned, the United States should only admit immigrants who are wealthy, speak English and have science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds. But they fail to address crucial questions.

Read the full piece on USAToday, here.

Legal battle over travel ban pits Trump’s powers against his own words

Legal battle over travel ban pits Trump’s powers against his own words

The decision is to not uphold is one step in what will be a long, historic case.

This case is the first serious test of executive authority since Trump became president on Jan. 20. Read the full Reuters article to learn more about the three main issues at play for the court.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-legal-analysis-idUSKBN15N2SI