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Obama has big options for green card, H-1B reform without Congress

Patrick Thibodeau | July 10, 2014
With Congress refusing to move on immigration reform, President Barack Obama has options that could have broad impacts on immigration generally, and on the H-1B and green card visa systems in particular.

"That's the most pressing issue in the system, because having 5% of the labor market exploitable and lacking in labor and employment rights is bad for everyone, but especially for low-wage workers," said Costa. "I don't see a strong argument for tinkering at the edges of the employment-based system at this moment."

"Employers aren't the ones who are suffering and getting torn apart from their families," said Costa.

"Support for immigration and coming up with a solution for the unauthorized immigrant population is high even among conservatives, according to almost every poll, so I don't see many political consequences if he stays within the bounds of the law," said Costa.

If Obama were to take executive actions, they would not be repealed until 2017 at the earliest, he said.


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