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Trump administration plans to rescind Obama immigration rule

Texas residents are likely aware that President Trump has vowed to review immigration programs established during the Obama administration and rescind rules that he believes do not serve the interests of the American people. The White House announced recently that it planned to rescind the international entrepreneur rule, which was put into place by the Obama administration just days before Trump's January 2017 inauguration. Obama says that he issued the rule to nurture entrepreneurship and encourage foreign investment in the United States.

The rule was originally scheduled to go into effect in July 2017, but the Trump administration quickly announced that the rule would likely be rescinded and pushed the effective date forward to March 2018. On May 25, the Department of Homeland Security formally proposed rescinding the international entrepreneur rule. The DHS believes that the issue of foreign investment should be addressed by Congress rather than the executive branch and criticizes the rule for failing to protect American investors and workers.

Immigrant advocacy groups have reacted angrily to the announcement and say that rescinding the rule will harm the American economy and stunt job creation. Several prominent business groups were unhappy when the rule's implementation was postponed, and the National Venture Capital Association went as far as filing a lawsuit against the DHS over the delay. That lawsuit prompted a federal judge to order the agency to move forward, and reports indicate that 12 applications were subsequently received.

Immigration is a hot-button political issue, and attorneys with experience in this area may pay close attention to any pending legislation or regulatory changes that could affect their clients. While they may regret the rescinding of a rule that provides a path to residence and possible citizenship, attorneys could suggest other approaches, like the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, to those who are willing and able to invest in America.

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