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Elimination Of Immigration Program For Entrepreneurs Could Hurt Houston’s Quest To Improve Its Startup Culture

Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is rescinding the International Entrepreneur Rule

Ken Harder, left, with immigration law firm Dunbar Harder, and Aziz Gilani, managing director at venture capital firm Mercury Fund

The Trump administration is in the process of eliminating a program aimed at bringing foreign entrepreneurs to the United States.

The International Entrepreneur Rule was started under President Barack Obama but only went into effect in July 2017, after the Trump administration announced plans to delay it.

How does the program’s elimination affect Houston’s effort to boost its startup ecosystem?

Ken Harder, partner at immigration law firm Dunbar Harder, and Aziz Gilani with venture capital firm Mercury Fund provide answers.

Click on the audio above to listen to the interview.


Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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