In episode 69, Coffey talks with Kevin Lashus about employment-based immigration.
They discuss the relationship between education-based immigration and employment-based immigration; the most common types of employment-related visas; US annual limitations on work visas and the political reasons those limits haven’t increased since 1990; immigration’s impact on wages; how prevailing wages are determined; regulatory requirements and enforcement efforts in place to protect foreign talent from mistreatment; the effect of current labor shortages on businesses; how the evolution from employment-related visas to permanent residency to citizenship incentivizes immigrants to be good employees and good neighbors; how employment layoffs affect visa holders; the Biden Administration’s immigration priorities, including DACA and staffing at agencies supporting immigration activities; union opposition to employment-based visas; and how the pandemic may have accelerated offshoring of white-collar jobs.
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Kevin Lashus is a Partner with the Austin office with Fisher Broyles. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Lashus is a graduate of Stanford University and The University of Texas School of Law. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law teaching a Spring seminar on “Emerging Issues in National Security Law”.
Mr. Lashus was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas under then Attorney General John Cornyn. He then moved on to the U.S. Department of Justice in 2002, and, in 2003, became Assistant Chief Counsel with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he remained until 2007 in its San Francisco office and, most recently, its Minneapolis/Saint Paul office—advising special agents during national security investigations, criminal immigration prosecutions, and worksite enforcement actions.
Mr. Lashus was a member of the National Security Team.
Kevin Lashus can be reached at https://www.fisherbroyles.com/