August 9, 2023
Business advocacy groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to revive a lawsuit that challenged an Obama-era extension of access to Optional Practical Training for foreign graduates in science, technology, engineering and math, emphasizing the training program’s roots go back to the Truman administration.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and two other business groups told the high court in a brief Friday that the D.C. Circuit rightly shot down a bid by a technology workers union to upend a time-honored program, initiated in 1947. The groups defended Optional Practical Training as an established practice of letting international students participate in temporary training opportunities — both during courses of study and after graduation.
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