DHS Pushes For Judgment In Suit Over OPT Expansion

Law360, New York (March 9, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged a D.C. federal judge Friday to uphold its rule expanding the “optional practical training” program for certain science and technology students, saying it acted under the scope of its congressional authority when it enacted the rule.

DHS urged U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle to award it summary judgment in a suit brought by The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, which challenged the agency's 2008 interim rule that would extend the OPT program from 12 to 35 months for certain science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — students.

The agency's motion, filed...

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