Miller Mayer immigration attorney Steve Yale-Loehr was quoted by Voice of America News in “VOA Journalists Fly Home After USAGM Fails to Renew J-1 Visas.” Mr. Yale-Loehr told the Voice of America that J-1 exchange visitors bring “substantial economic benefits” to the United States. “Many of these jobs are specialized and, depending on the nature of the job, it may not be feasible for an employer to find a U.S. worker to replace them,” he said, noting that although visa sponsors do not have legal obligations to renew employees’ visas, “they may have a moral obligation if they’re sending J-1 workers back to harm’s way.” He added that those fearing persecution have a right to seek asylum.