The Obama administration has made a change to the country's immigration laws, allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the United States. Before the change, only the H-1B visa holder could work, hamstringing spouses to keep them from the workplace. Republicans immediately criticized the decision, saying there are still up to fifty million working-age citizens in the United States out of work - and this only increases competition.
"Once enacted, this proposed rule would empower these spouses to put their own education and skills to work for the country that they and their families now call home," according to the Obama administration.
In just five days, all 85,000 H-1B visas for 2015 have been claimed, as critics continue to plead with the administration to stop turning away skilled labor. An immigration bill that would raise the cap to 115,000 - and up to 300,000 - was blocked by the House, and will continue to be a lively debate.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 11:44 am CDT
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