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    Trump cancels Obama’s special immigration program for foreign entrepreneurs

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2017

    The Trump administration put a hold Monday on an Obama-era policy that was designed to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to settle in the U.S. to build their companies, saying immigration officials are already overwhelmed with more important work.

    It’s the latest of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to be unwound by President Trump, and it comes a week before the new policy was to take effect.

    Under the now-delayed program, foreigners who were trying to build or invest in startup companies were to be granted “parole” into the U.S., which is special permission to be here with legal status and a work permit — and a potential chance at eventual citizenship.

    The Obama administration had called the parole another use of discretionary authority.

    Mr. Trump, though, has been skeptical of those grants of discretionary power, and ordered his Homeland Security Department to revoke areas where his predecessor was too generous.

    In a notice Monday, the department said it was delaying the rule until March 2018, and would likely cancel it altogether.

    The department said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for granting legal immigration benefits such as business visas, tentative deportation amnesties and work permits, is already overwhelmed with those duties and can’t spare time to hire and train officers for the entrepreneur parole program.

    “Those resources are otherwise needed for USCIS to effectively and efficiently carry out its many existing immigration benefit programs facilitating lawful migration into United States,” the department said.

    Obama officials had predicted about 3,000 entrepreneurs would be eligible each year for parole.

    The level of investment was fairly low — just 10 percent of companies with as little as $250,000 in capital would have been enough to qualify. Startups had to show they created at least five jobs in order for investors to get a renewal of their parole.

    Immigrant-rights groups complained that the Trump administration was being short-sighted.

    “This is unquestionably a setback for the United States in the global race for talent - we should be encouraging innovators to bring their new ideas, expertise, and unique skills to our country, rather than incentivizing them to put their talents to work for our competitors abroad,” said Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, an immigration advocacy group powered by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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    Global race for talent? Keep your TALENT on your soil and fix your own country.

    How are these countries going to prosper and be successful if we take everyone in! No more people!!

    You want America...take your money...invest in YOUR country and build it on YOUR soil.

    End of the story. Do not come here!
    TO BECOME AN AMERICAN YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR VALUES ...NOT YOUR LOCATION

    STAY HOME AND BUILD AMERICA ON YOUR SOIL

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    This article should have mentioned DACA.

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    Zuckerberg’s Amnesty Group ‘Disappointed’ with Freeze on Foreign National Loophole

    by JOHN BINDER
    12 Jul 2017
    Washington, D.C.

    After President Trump halted an Obama-era program for foreign nationals wanting to start business in the United States, big business and the open borders lobby are outraged.

    The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) was put in place two years ago by then-President Obama through executive order, essentially creating a new visa program for foreign nationals, as Breitbart Texas reported. Instead of coming to the U.S. on an employer-sponsored visa, foreign nationals wanting to start business were given leave to remain in the country for at least 2 and a half years.

    In an order by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Secretary John Kelly announced that the program would be stopped to at least March 2018.

    In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates’ open borders organization, FWD.us, said Trump’s decision is “extremely” disappointing.

    “This is unquestionably a setback for the United States in the global race for talent – we should be encouraging innovators to bring their new ideas, expertise, and unique skills to our country, rather than incentivizing them to put their talents to work for our competitors abroad,” FWD.us Todd Schulte said in the statement.

    “Members of the tech and business communities made their voices heard on the necessity of the IER, and we are dismayed that the Administration has chosen to ignore the advice of so many job creators,” Schulte said.

    Also upset by the Trump decision are top executives at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), along with AOL.com co-founder Steve Case.

    “Today’s announcement is extremely disappointing and represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the critical role immigrant entrepreneurs play in growing the next generation of American companies,” NVCA President Bobby Franklin said in a statement.

    “At a time when countries around the world are doing all they can to attract and retain talented individuals to come to their shores to build and grow innovative companies, the Trump Administration is signaling its intent to do the exact opposite,” Franklin continued. “Despite this setback, NVCA will continue to educate the Trump Administration on the important role immigrant founders play in growing our economy while advocating for full implementation of the rule.”

    Case was equally upset by Trump closing the loophole for foreign nationals, writing on Twitter, “Big mistake. Immigrant entrepreneurs are job makers, not job takers.”

    Big business elites and the open borders lobby have long been opponents of Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, especially on the immigration and visa programs front.

    When Trump announced a “full legal review” of the H-1B visa, which takes hundreds of thousands of American jobs every year and gives them to foreign nationals, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce balked at the plan, as Breitbart Texas reported.

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