In an effort to reduce work for the already busy immigration officials,
President Trump has decided to delay a program designed to encourage foreign
entrepreneurs to settle in the United States. The program was originally
created to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. legally with
a work permit. As a result of this order, the foreign entrepreneurial
program is to be delayed until March of 2018, at which point the Trump
administration will likely cancel the rule altogether.
Originally, the program was projected, under President Obama, to result
in the eligibility of nearly 3,000 foreign entrepreneurs for parole each
year. Only 10 percent of the companies with at least $250,000 in capital
would have qualified for this program, and each must have been able to
create a minimum of 5 jobs for renewal.
Encouraging foreign entrepreneurs to settle in the U.S. would have potentially
brought new skills, inventions, and jobs into the United States. Many
immigrant-rights groups have argued that this move by President Trump
seems short-sighted. President Trump, however, doesn’t think so.
The program was one of the executive actions by President Obama, a use
of discretionary authority, and was to take effect in July 2017. President
Trump asked the Homeland Security Department to pull back where he felt
President Obama was too generous. Additionally, the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services, which grants legal immigration benefits, including
work permits and visas, is allegedly too busy to take on more work.
Due to the nature of the entrepreneur program, it would require the help
of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to approve work permits and,
potentially, grant citizenship. The department stated that they are currently
overwhelmed with their normal job tasks and are unable to hire or train
new workers fit to work on the entrepreneur parole program.
For more on this story, visit The Washington Times online.
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