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U.S. Deters Hiring of Foreigners as Joblessness Grows

author Published by Chris Chmielenski

As more Americans lose their jobs, the U.S. government is actively discouraging the recruitment of foreign workers, from dude ranchers and fruit pickers to lifeguards and computer programmers.

At least three avenues of legal immigration have seen roadblocks erected. In the most visible and controversial move, companies receiving federal bailout money now face extra hurdles before they can hire highly skilled guest workers on an H-1B visa. On Friday, the Labor Department will close a public-comment period for a proposal to suspend an agricultural guest-worker program, known as the H-2A.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123810912615352681.htmlBy S. Mitra Kalita — Wall Street Journal

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