Biden froze the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program, on his first day as President. But last August a federal judge in Texas ordered it to start again. However, on June 30 the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Biden government.
The US government says that between 2020 and 2030, America will need 1 million more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers. Immigrants help fill these jobs and the Biden government has a plan to attract them.
The American Immigration Council made guides on the government’s 5 STEM plans:
Matching US companies looking to host non-immigrant J-1 exchange visitors
22 fields of study added to the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program
Updated how the USCIS decides eligibility for O-1 visas
USCIS policy update on national interest waivers (NIWs) for immigrants with advanced STEM degrees, letters from US government agencies or organizations, or who are entrepreneurs
Additional 36 months of study for J-1 exchange visitors
They also made a factsheet on immigrant STEM workers that showed the following:
Immigrant STEM workers increased from 1.2 million to 2.5 million between 2000 to 2019. They went from being 16.4% of all STEM workers to 23.1%.
While 67.3% of US-born STEM workers have at least a bachelor’s degree, 86.5% of immigrant STEM workers do.
The House Appropriations Committee passed a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill with many pro-immigrant points on Friday. But they were overshadowed by an amendment that would maintain Title 42 explosions for 180 days after the Covid-19 national emergency expires.