An unnamed entity to “study the abuses in the Optional Practical Training program”, belatedly birthed over the past two weeks of the Trump administration, has already been killed by the Biden administration, in line with Breitbart.
The entity was created on January 13 and killed on January 26, when it was lower than two weeks previous.
The OPT program grants 8.25 % subsidies to U.S. employers in the event that they rent alien graduates of U.S. schools and universities, a subsidy not accessible if the employer hires a citizen (or green-card) graduate. It is a big program masking lots of of hundreds of aliens, many hoping to get longer-term visas and jobs within the (unsubsidized) H-1B program.
To add insult to damage, the subsidies to employers are taken out of the hides of ailing, aged, and unemployed Americans, because the nonpayment of those deductions of 8.25 % of payroll taxes cut back revenue for the Medicare, Social Security, and federal unemployment insurance coverage belief funds. At least $2 billion a 12 months is misplaced on this manner; the three funds are on shaky sufficient footings with out these OPT-created losses.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has, according to one news account, determined to withdraw a Trump proposal to remove work permits for a particular (and enormous) subset of aliens, principally from India. These are spouses (greater than 90 % of them girls) married to H-1B staff who’re on the lengthy monitor to inexperienced card standing; these are H-4s. The Obama administration, with out congressional approval, made it potential for them to obtain work authorizations.
One factor you possibly can say concerning the H-Four program, nevertheless, is that this: There are not any subsidies to staff or employers.
Did I discover out about these two steps backward from authorities press releases, or the mainstream media? Hardly.
Breitbart News is the right-wing information supply began by the just lately pardoned Steve Bannon, and the H-Four information was reported by the Times of India.