- The Washington Times - Friday, April 24, 2015

Displaced U.S. workers who were pushed out of their jobs by immigrant replacements are suing the Department of Homeland Security over a new rule that would allow the spouses of guest workers to enter the job market.

The complaint, filed Thursday by the Immigration Reform Law Institute on behalf of a group of displaced workers previously employed at Southern California Edison Co., argues that DHS does not have the authority to make such a rule and that it violates federal labor protection laws.

“The larger implication is that Obama is arguing he has the executive authority to allow anyone to work in the United States,” John Miano, the attorney for the displaced workers, told The Daily Caller. “[He] started with the children, then the parents, and now the spouses of H-1B workers.”

DHS on May 26 will begin accepting applications to grant employment-eligible status to spouses of immigrants with H-1 visas, The Daily Caller reports. Previously, immediate family members were granted an H-4 visa, which allowed them to stay in the country but banned them from gaining lawful employment.

The new H-4 rule will add as many as 179,600 new foreign workers in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years, according to DHS.

The complaint seeks to delay implementation of the new rule until the case is heard in court.

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