The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and others filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against recent regulations that will undermine high skilled immigration into the United States. The complaint alleges that the DHS and DOL rules were promulgated as final rules without following the notice-and-comment requirements or rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act, and also exceed the agencies’ statutory authority and are arbitrary and capricious.
U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue released the following statement after the suit was filed:
“The rules being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor undermine high-skilled immigration in the U.S. and a company’s ability to retain and recruit the very best talent. If these rules are allowed to stand, they will devastate companies across various industries. The Chamber is proud to join our partners in fighting against these measures that will discourage investment, diminish economic growth, and impede job creation in the U.S.”
In July, the Chamber led a coalition of organizations in a lawsuit challenging federal restrictions on businesses' ability to meet their workforce needs through lawful immigration. Chamber CEO Donohue penned an op-ed in the New York Times outlining the suit and why these policies are bad for business.
Paul W. Hughes, Sarah P. Hogarth, and William G. Gaede, III of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and the U.S. Chamber’s Litigation Center served as co-counsel for the U.S. Chamber.