White House Offers New Immigration Regs: Spouses, Skilled Workers Favored

Two new rules help the connected


Even though one of the bigger challenges to becoming a legal immigrant in the United States is getting permission to work here, the latest beneficiaries of new reforms by President Barack Obama's administration are those who already have a bit of a connection: spouses of legal foreign workers.

That's what The Hill is taking away from immigration regulation reforms introduced Tuesday by the White House:

The Obama administration moved Tuesday to allow spouses of foreign workers to take jobs in the United States as part of a slate of new draft immigration regulations.

A pair of rules proposed by the Department of Homeland Security also would make it easier for highly skilled workers from certain countries to remain in the U.S. 

Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the actions would be a boon to American companies who rely on foreign workers, and would serve as a magnet for additional investment in U.S. firms.

"These steps will help the U.S. maintain competitiveness with other countries in our efforts to attract the best and the brightest high-skilled workers from around the world to support companies here at home," Mayorkas said.

Certain nations would be favored in the second rule, like Australia, Chile, and Singapore. Sounds like a confluence of influence, yes?

Why Not More?

Obama used Mexican-American holiday Cinco de Mayo Monday to push for Hispanics to lobby Republican lawmakers for more immigration reform. But his target audience probably won't benefit much from these new rules.

Less than highly skilled and unconnected immigrants are still getting the shaft under the policies. But they shouldn't be left out of the mix. Reason's Shikha Dalmia explains below why even low-skilled immigrants are good for the United States:

Dalmia also wrote more recently about how Hispanic immigrants, the ones who seem so disfavored these days, are integrating just fine into the United States and capturing their own little piece of the American Dream.

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  1. Interestingly enough, this actually lends a (small bit of) legitimacy to the “They took our jobs!” charge. After all, don’t job seekers want higher paying jobs?

    If the govt didn’t regulate everything so much and create so much mis-allocation of resources it wouldn’t be an issue, but still.

  2. As I understand it, currently spouses of H1-A recipients are indeed favored, but they still have to apply and they take up a number from the pool of those available. The proposal would cause them to be automatically granted a work permit, freeing up more visas for non-spouses. So it’s a way to increase immigration, good deal.

    1. currently spouses of H1-A recipients are indeed favored, but they still have to apply and they take up a number from the pool of those available.

      When I recently had a nephew marry a fucking Canuck I was shocked to find out that, three years later, she was still not a citizen. I had thought that being married to a citizen made you a citizen almost automatically. I suspect that the average person thinks the same thing.

      Regardless of your position on more or less immigration, I think that we can mostly all agree that the current, Byzantine, bureaucratic bullshit is abhorrent.

  3. Time to hear some “free marketeers” explain why they are in favor of high trade barriers, an expansive/expansive regulatory State, and how they believe in the myth that the poor stay poor.

    I’m sure it has nothing to do with those folks being foreign. No sir.

  4. This sounds like a pretty decent proposal. The US would benefit from highly skilled tax paying workers and their working spouses. As long as they pay at least as much in taxes as their marginal cost, this is a win for everybody involved.

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