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Opinion

Farah Stockman

Rethinking H-1B visas

The good news is that Republicans and Democrats finally agree on something. The bad news is that it’s the wrong thing: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, two of the so-called “gang of eight” that has been working on comprehensive immigration reform, told the Sunday talk shows that they struck a deal. It reportedly includes doubling the number of H-1B visas, which allow foreigners to work in the United States for companies that say they can’t find enough qualified Americans to hire.

Supporters say the high-tech industry needs more highly skilled workers, and that the current cap for for-profit corporations — 85,000 a year nationwide — isn’t high enough.

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