John Binder, Breitbart, July 12, 2017
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.
Also upset by the Trump decision are top executives at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), along with AOL.com co-founder Steve Case.
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.