The Optional Practical Training program enables foreign students who have graduated from U.S. schools to work but pretend to remain students, thus exempting them and their employers from the payroll tax. In 2017 alone, for graduates of a single visa mill in California, this subsidy amounted to an estimated $48 million.
Kanishk Tharoor is a writer whose work appears in The Atlantic and the Guardian. In addition to his writing, he hosts the "Museum of Lost Objects" podcast for the BBC, which highlights the fascinating stories of the historical artifacts destroyed by ISIS during their rampage through Syria and Iraq.
The simplest way to make the First Step Act a clean bill where immigration enforcement is concerned is to say at the beginning that "none of the sections that follow in this bill apply to incarcerated aliens". What's so hard about that?