WASHINGTON, DC — Judge Jeffrey S. White of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order blocking two H-1B regulations proposed by the Trump Administration to restrict the ability of U.S. companies to hire foreign-born employees on H-1B visas.
The Department of Homeland Security Interim Final Rule was set to go into effect December 7, but will not as a result of today’s ruling. The Department of Labor Interim Final Rule went into effect October 8, and is now no longer in effect.
FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement:
“Today’s ruling is great news for Americans, and for the ability of the U.S. to remain the top destination for talented individuals – including international graduates of American universities – who are looking to contribute their skills here and build a stronger economy. These rules were another rushed attempt by the Trump Administration to restrict legal immigration. If implemented, they would be deeply harmful to both American families and our nation’s global competitiveness by imposing obligations completely disconnected from real world labor markets.
“Yet again, a federal judge has ruled that the Trump Administration has failed to show good cause in their efforts to slash legal immigration. As we look forward to a new administration, we call upon policymakers not only to commit to rolling back anti-immigrant efforts by the outgoing administration, but to prioritize creating a modern, working and humane immigration system through legislation and administrative reform, centered on a pathway to citizenship. The future of our nation’s economic security and growth stems in part from the contributions of hardworking immigrants; we must work to ensure we are a welcoming nation and reject scapegoating people that are a cornerstone of our country’s economic engine.”