US Immigration News: September 29, 2017
Immigration News: Stories from the Border
Recently, some doctors have been found arguing that the changes made to U.S. immigration policy may indeed slow the development and growth of medical research. Roughly 18 percent of medical professors in the United States are indeed graduates of foreign medical schools, according to an up-to-date analysis published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. Along with these students, it is said that foreign medical graduates also lead 19 percent of clinical trials, produce 18 percent of published biomedical research, and lead 13 percent of research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. This being said, foreign medical graduates make up nearly a quarter of the physician workforce in the U.S. and a lot of the time practice in needless areas as well as in specialties with shortages of practitioners. Some states and hospitals greatly rely on physicians in the H-1B visa program, in which President Trump recently sought out reconstructing. Although having large numbers of foreign medical graduates working in the U.S. can be considered a means of taking away jobs from some U.S. graduates, good things can come out of it also. Foreign graduates bring a culturally and ethnically diverse workforce to both clinical practice and medical research because they are accustomed to different backgrounds, which in the end benefits patients that also come from a broad range of backgrounds. “Without the contributions of physicians trained abroad, research in the U.S. would suffer” senior study author Dr. Anupam Jena of Harvard Medical School stated.
In 2015, President Barack Obama created a work permit for H-4 visa holders whose spouses were in the process of getting a green card. Before they were granted to work, some of the visa holders went back to school or volunteered and raised children. The rest found themselves with little to do at home while their spouses were at work. Today, spouses of H-1B visa holders remain to wait as the Department of Homeland Security asked once again for more time, 180 days, to consider a lawsuit challenging these foreigners’ right to work in the U.S. This lawsuit, that was originally filed in April 2015 by Save Jobs USA, disputes that allowing these spouses to work threatens American jobs by increasing the amount of potential workers available in one area. The lawsuit challenges the Department of Homeland Security’s capability to grant work permits to immigrants through rule rather than through congressional approval. About 100,000 foreigners and counting come into the U.S. on H-4 visas every year, and since October about 36,000 spouses have been approved for work authorization. Despite the lawsuit, spouses are still allowed to apply for the work authorization, however still continue to wait.
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