A Financial Times article published on April 11, 2022, titled ‘‘Biden’s Immigration Woes Complicate US Labour Shortages’’ explains the current political quagmire over recent loosening of visa restrictions despite the business community’s support. Author Aime Williams quotes Jennifer Minear, immigration attorney and immediate past-President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) throughout.
‘‘The border kind of hijacks all of the oxygen around the immigration debate.’’
Referencing a political environment that pillories those who wish to negotiate terms of the current immigration system, Minear is further quoted about the drivers of decreased immigration: ‘‘...‘invisible wall of policy changes’ implemented by Trump that were intended to deny and delay visa application, combined with anti-immigration rhetoric, had probably powered the decline.’’
The article provides more information about the tension between the Biden administration’s plan to ‘‘make some working permits more difficult to obtain’’ by implementing higher wage rules for foreign workers in the United States under H-1B visas, and the calls from business groups to lessen restrictions so that immigration can ebb the tide of widespread labor shortages.