Lofgren Statement on Trump Administration Decision to End International Entrepreneur Rule

May 25, 2018
Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – Today, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule to end the International Entrepreneur Rule, a program that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to be considered for parole to develop and build start-up businesses in America:

“Today’s proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security is a prime example of the Trump Administration’s deeply anti-immigrant bias doing harm to our economic competitiveness. The Foreign Entrepreneur Rule would have helped promising entrepreneurs start and build their companies here in the United States. These entrepreneurs would not take American jobs – they would create American jobs, and ending this rule means we will now lose those jobs and companies to competitors abroad. That makes no sense, particularly when these entrepreneurs are students or graduates of U.S. universities who have spent years studying and working in the United States. Many have already lined up venture or seed capital and are ready to start hiring American workers today. Ending this program does nothing to benefit our country. It only serves to mollify the Trump Administration’s extreme anti-immigrant fervor.”

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