Union Wants DHS Rule Extending Student Visas Struck Down

By Vin Gurrieri (March 6, 2015, 7:51 PM EST) -- A U.S. Department of Homeland Security rule expanding the "optional practical training" program for certain science and technology students should be struck down because it improperly allows individuals on student visas to work long after they complete their studies, a union told a D.C. federal judge Friday.

The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers alleged in its suit challenging the 2008 interim rule that the OPT program hurts its members by increasing competition, and is claiming that the OPT rules are basically designed as a workaround for quotas on visas for high-skilled workers, known as H-1Bs.

In a cross motion for summary...

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