February 12, 2024
By Alyssa Aquino
Two immigration advocacy groups urged the D.C. Circuit to uphold an Obama-era program offering work permits to the spouses of highly skilled workers, calling the embattled program a lawful exercise of the executive branch’s decades-old power to authorize noncitizens to work.
The American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association told the appeals court Thursday that the executive branch has, since 1952, offered employment authorization to various groups of noncitizens who aren’t explicitly authorized to work by Congress, including the H-4 spouses of H-1B highly specialized workers.
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