Colleges Sue Trump Administration Over H-1B Rules

Colleges joined with major business and industry groups in filing a lawsuit challenging new Trump administration rules that would narrow the eligibility requirements for H-1B skilled worker visas and increase the wages employers would have to pay visa holders.

Along with the Universities of Rochester and Utah, other academic entities joining the lawsuit are California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, as well as the Presidents Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a membership group representing about 500 colleges, and ARUP Laboratories, an academic lab affiliated with the University of Utah. The academic organizations joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment, among other entities, in bringing the suit.

“The Presidents’ Alliance challenged these interim final rules not only because the administration procedurally short-circuited congressionally mandated public comment requirements, but also because these rules are substantially unreasonable and would cut off an important pipeline of talent, innovation and knowledge,” Miriam Feldblum, the executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance, said in a statement.

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