Making Government put the American Worker before Big Business
September 11, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) – On Friday afternoon, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed a motion and brief (attached below) on behalf of its client Save Jobs USA to halt a new H-4 visa Rule, which makes spouses of so-called “high-tech” H-1B guest workers eligible for work permits, adding (in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) own estimates) 179,600 additional workers to the American labor market this year and a further 55,000 every year going forward. In their brief, the American workers prove that DHS acted outside its authority and arbitrarily and captiously in passing the Rule.
IRLI’s client, Save Jobs USA, is made up of former employees of Southern California Edison, a publicly-traded corporate utility that drew criticism from bipartisan legislators in Congress when it displaced 500 of its American employees after forcing them to train their cheaper foreign replacements. The case, Save Jobs USA v. USDHS (Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-00615), could have major implications for users of H-1B visas, such as the trillion-dollar tech industry, as the Rule was specifically promulgated to attract and retain H-1B guest-workers. The case could also have major implications for the President’s DAPA and DACA programs as it deals directly with DHS’s assertion that the President has unlimited authority to hand out work permits to whomever he wants.
Dale L. Wilcox, IRLI’s Executive Director, commented, “In our motion and brief filed Friday, we show that it’s clear from the record before the court that the government has violated federal law in order to benefit the corporate lobbyists of Big Tech.” Wilcox continued, “The dignity of the American worker is paramount and we will continue the fight on their behalf and hold this administration accountable to the rule of law.”