— At the direction of the White House, the Department of Homeland
Security has sent recommendations for further restricting legal
immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to one former and
two current administration officials.
the recommendations expected to be considered is the suspension of a
program for foreign students to stay in the U.S. to get one or two years
of occupational training between secondary education and full-time
employment, a move many in the business and university communities are
program, known as Optional Practical Training, or OPT, is an incentive
for foreign students to come to U.S. universities, as it provides some
cushion between school and employment. Talk of suspending OPT has pitted
business interests against immigration hard-liners like President Donald Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller, the officials said.