Bloomberg Law
Feb. 21, 2018, 9:28 PM

Foreign STEM Worker Issue Has Trump Folks Defending Obama Rule

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

The Trump administration hasn’t been shy about dismantling Obama-era immigration programs, but there’s one that seems to be sticking around for the time being.

Justice Department lawyers Feb. 20 defended a 2016 regulation allowing foreign students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees to work in the U.S. for up to three years post-graduation.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulation is being challenged by a group of U.S.-born technology sector workers who argue that it’s creating additional job competition and lowering wages.

“More labor means lower wages across the board,” New Jersey attorney John Miano told Bloomberg Law Feb. 21. ...

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