Kamala Harris Pens Letter to DHS Secretary Over New Rule that Would Impact More than 100K Indian Women in the U.S.
The Trump administration has told a federal court that its decision to revoke work permits to H-4 visa users -- a significant majority of whom are South Asian -- is expected within the next three months. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), whose mother is Indian, and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are urging the administration not to move forward with the move which will have a major impact on Indian women as they are the major beneficiary of the Obama-era rule. H-4 visas are issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of holders of the H-1B visa, the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals. Under the rule, recipients are able to employ their education and professional training in the U.S. as doctors, nurses, scientists, teachers, academics, and technology professionals, amongst other careers in high-demand, skilled fields. The lawmakers penned a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna complaining that such an action to deprive spousal H-4 visa holders the ability to continue to pursue their professional careers is antithetical to American values. “Rescinding the H-4 rule will result in significant personal hardship to women who will be forced to abandon their professional careers,” they wrote. “We urge you to consider the economic, psychological, and personal harms that rescinding the H-4 rule will cause to more than 100,000 professional women, their families, and their American communities.” The Trump administration is also currently reviewing the H-1B visa policy that it thinks is being misused by companies to replace American workers. Read the full letter from the lawmakers here.