Caltech and USC Sue Federal Government Over New Visa Restrictions

Miriam Feldblum is Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a coalition of university leaders and a plaintiff in the suit. She said the restrictions are particularly a threat to local research institutions.

“Science cannot be done without also attracting the best global talent in the world — something Caltech does so well,” Feldblum said.

Feldblum believes the restrictions could discourage international students from applying to local universities, and she doesn’t buy the rationale that H1-B visa holders are preventing U.S. workers from finding jobs during the pandemic.

“This is the time to open up our doors to talent and contributors,” Feldblum said. “We need to jump start our economy, not dampen our economy.”

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