Businesses Weigh in on President Obama’s Potential Immigration Executive Action

This summer President Obama has been actively seeking recommendations on what executive actions he could take to fix our broken immigration system from his administration officials. Now, in addition to those recommendations, he is also weighing options that could not only remedy the immigration system but also benefit businesses.In numerous meetings throughout this summer, the White House and other administration officials have been recruiting suggestions from industries such as technology, agriculture and construction. Tech firms have put forth the idea of excluding workers’ spouses from the 140,000 per-year visa cap. They have also pitched the idea of “recapturing” unused green cards from previous years, which could add more than 200,000 new green cards to the system, reports the Wall Street Journal.The agricultural industry, while not pushing for aggressive executive action in fear of further alienating Congress, would still like to see the administration take its focus away from seeking out undocumented workers to deport as that creates “instability” for farmers, says Kristi Boswell, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau.

A representative for construction companies, Attorney Alberto Cardenas Jr., said that if the administration grants work permits to undocumented immigrants, they should require the companies they work for to be legitimate and not underground companies that pay in cash and thus have more sway over immigrants.

At Colombo & Hurd, we fully support the President’s executive authority to take unilateral action on a wide array of immigration issues due to the failure of Congress to take any action. In particular, we support the President’s willingness to listen to business leaders and consider taking actions that will benefit the U.S. economy and business with his actions. As past American Immigration Lawyer Association President David Leopold recently wrote the President’s executive action should utilize a pro-business, pro-growth approach toward immigration opportunities that will benefit not just deserving immigrants but our economy and U.S. citizens as well.

The president has yet to make a decision on what executive action he will take but expectations are of a decision in late summer or early fall. Stay tuned to our website for updates on these key issues and more.