Comment: Clarification And Erratum And Consequences
Yesterday's article by Greg Siskind on the President's Executive Action went viral in China, with over 250,000 views, an unprecedented number for Immigration Daily. There was intense interest in one specific point - the OPT expansion, an issue which the White House website was maddeningly vague about. We queried Mr. Siskind about this matter, and here is his clarification:
"Optional Practical Training - Secretary Johnson has directed ICE and USCIS to develop regulations to expand the degree programs eligible for OPT under the rule that currently allows certain STEM professionals to use OPT for up to 29 months. The time period of 29 months will also be extended, but a specific number of additional months was not mentioned by Secretary Johnson in his memo to USCIS Director Rodriguez. ICE and USCIS are being directed to require "stronger ties" to a degree-granting institution to better ensure the training is furthering the student's full course of study. ICE and USCIS are also directed to take steps to ensure that OPT is consistent with US labor market protections to safeguard the interests of US workers in related fields. No details on these last provisions are provided though it sounds pretty open-ended and could make the OPT rules much more restrictive. There is also talk about counting undergraduate STEM programs for purposes of STEM OPT extensions even if the graduate degree is not in a STEM field."
Erratum: Yesterday's Comment carried the following opening sentences: "The President's actual Executive Order has been released from embargo. A blog post by Greg Siskind below analyzes it in detail". In fact, it was the President's Executive Action that had been released from embargo, not his Executive Order.
Of particular note below, is an article by Harry DeMell examining the practical implications of Mr. Obama's Executive Action raising a number of red flags for those who wish the President's initiative well - we encourage all those interested in immigration advocacy to give Mr. DeMell's points a close read.
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Article: President Obama's Executive Action' the Practical Applications By Harry DeMell
Blogging: Siskind Summary: The Immigration Accountability Executive Action (Updated Version) Bt Greg Siskind
Blogging: New Policies for the Apprehension and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants By Matthew Kolken
Blogging: Obama's New Immigration Policy By Carl Shusterman
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Blogging: President Obama Takes Executive Action By Chris Musillo
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Blogging: EB-5 Is Right for Chinese Right Now By Gregory Finkelson
News: ICE Instructions for Seeking Prosecutorial Discretion under 2014 Executive Action
News: Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration
News: Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions For Fiscal Year 2015
News: DHS Notice on Executive Actions on Immigration
News: Executive Action Memo: Support High-skilled Business and Workers
News: DOJ OLC Memo: DHS Authority to Prioritize Removal of Certain Aliens Unlawfully Present in the United States and to Defer Removal of Others
News: Executive Action Memo: Promote the Naturalization Process
News: Executive Action Memo: Revise Parole Rules - Advance Parole
News: Executive Action Memo: Revise Parole Rules - Parole-in-Place and Deferred Action
News: Executive Action Memo: Expand Provisional Waivers to Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents
News: Executive Action Memo: Expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Extend Deferred Action to Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
News: Executive Action Memo: Personnel Reform for ICE Officers
News: Executive Action Memo: End Secure Communities and Replace it with New Priority Enforcement Program
News: Executive Action Memo: Revise Removal Priorities
News: Executive Action Memo: Strengthen Border Security
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