Council for Global Immigration mentioned in article – “Obama Immigration Order to Impact Millions, Includes Provisions for High-Skilled Workers”

11/24/2014
Council in the News

​​Bloomberg BNA, 11/21/2014 –

“President Barack Obama Nov. 20 unveiled a large-scale immigration plan that includes several measures designed to keep highly skilled immigrant workers in the U.S. as well as deportation protection for an estimated 5 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

“…The president's speech focused on what will likely be the most controversial portion of his executive order, a plan to provide deferred action, for three-year periods, to the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the U.S. at least five years and who agree to pay taxes and pass a criminal background check.

“…But flying under the radar are several administrative changes aimed at highly skilled immigrant workers and entrepreneurs, including increased job portability for immigrants with approved employment-based petitions but who can't get a visa because of annual caps, expansion of the optional practical training program, a review of the permanent labor certification program, and guidance on L-1B intracompany transferee visas for ‘specialized knowledge’ workers.

“…Another large part of Obama's executive action is the expansion of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, as well as the creation of a DACA-style program for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

“…The president's action drew sharp criticism from congressional Republicans, who said his unilateral action has obliterated any hope for a legislative overhaul of the immigration system.

“…Immigration advocacy groups generally praised Obama's action, but many said it didn't go far enough and called for Congress to overhaul the immigration system legislatively.

“…[T]he Council for Global Immigration and the Society for Human Resource Management in a joint Nov. 20 statement said they appreciate the president's action but ‘creating a system that works for employers requires the President and Congress to work together.’

“…For his part, Obama in his Nov. 20 speech renewed his call for Congress to overhaul the immigration system.

“‘I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution,’ he said, adding that the moment he signs such a measure passed by Congress, the executive action no longer will be in effect.

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