Clinton may block foreign worker law

Clinton may block foreign worker law
Tom Foremski The Clinton administration says it may block proposed laws to bring significant numbers of foreign high-tech professionals to the US. John Fraser, a senior official with the US Labor Department, told a hearing of the immigration subcommittee that raising the visa numbers should be a last resort, and not the first response to the IT skills shortage. The Clinton administration wants any laws that raise annual visa numbers to include protections for local workers. US high-tech companies argue that they desperately need to recruit staff from abroad, while critics say it’s because companies want to pay lower wages. Proposed US laws seek to raise visa caps from the current 65,000 level to 115,000, potentially sparking a brain drain in Europe.


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