November 4, 2021
By Khorri Atkinson
Two D.C. Circuit judges on Wednesday questioned a technology union’s ability to block an Obama-era work permit program for international students after they have obtained math and science degrees, suggesting the group has not shown its members are currently competing against visa holders and therefore injured by the regulation.
John M. Miano of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, who argued for the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, started his opening remarks assailing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Optional Practical Training, or OPT, program, asserting that it unlawfully allows science, technology, engineering and math graduates to extend their student visas for up to three years after completing their studies.
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