Pramila Jayapal and Mia Love Team Up on Visas
Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Mia Love (R-UT) on Wednesday led 130 bipartisan members of Congress in urging Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant workers. The Trump administration is expected to rescind the rule granting these spouses work authorization in June. “The opportunity for H-4 visa holders to work has made our economy stronger, while providing relief and economic support to thousands of spouses—mostly women—who have resided in the United States for years,” wrote the members. “Many are on the path to permanent residency, and would already be permanent residents if not for the decades-long employment backlogs. Rescinding the rule will hurt the competitiveness of U.S. employers and the U.S. economy, as well as H-4 accompanying spouses and their families. We strongly urge you to reconsider this action.” Read the letter here.