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Illustration: Sarah Grillo

Three IT companies filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, which called for an injunction on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's (USCIS) recent policy changes that increased scrutiny for H-1B employers who send their workers to third-party worksites, claiming USCIS overstepped its authority.

Big picture: This comes as the Trump administration seeks ways to cut back on H-1B visas, and has called for increased scrutiny of certain H-1B employers. It also comes as the Trump administration continues to face litigation — and often injunctions — on many of their immigration policies.

The issue: The new regulations allowed USCIS to demand additional detailed documents from employers who sent H-1B workers to third party work sites — including itineraries.

  • Jonathan Wasden, the lead lawyer who has formerly worked at USCIS's Administrative Appeals Office and the Justice Department, told Axios that many contracting companies would not be able comply with the new regulations because of how they operate leaving them unable to receive and provide needed talent.

The argument: Both USCIS and the Department of Labor (DOL) share responsibility for the H-1B program, and DOL has been in charge of deciding what kind of employers qualify for H-1B visas. The lawsuit claims that USCIS's new rules contradict DOL's rules, and overstep USCIS's role in the H-1B program.

  • Wasden is confident about their case, saying that if he were on the government's side, he'd "have a very hard time defending this with a straight face," saying that "it’s clear DOL is delegated authority to define these key terms."

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Biden to stress U.S. does not seek new Cold War in UN speech

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President Biden will use his first address before the UN General Assembly to lay out his vision for an era of "intensive diplomacy" with allies and "vigorous competition" with great powers — without a Cold War with China.

Why it matters: Biden will take the podium in New York on Tuesday with his own international credibility in question after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. His administration also is struggling to build international momentum to fight climate change, the pandemic and rising authoritarianism.

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Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

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White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.

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Gen Z breaks into VC

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When Meagan Loyst joined VC firm Lerer Hippeau, less than two years out of Boston College, she was still living with her parents. She had virtually no online brand presence, and the pandemic made it impossible to build a professional network via in-person meetings.

Why it matters: Loyst wasn't alone. Venture firms have accelerated hiring in line with record deal activity, often seeking younger investors who can spot trends that fly below the radar (or intrinsic understanding) of older partners.

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