The Huffington Post published an excellent piece outlining the disconnect between our elected officials and the unemployed in regards to immigration policy. In his piece, Mr. Foster correctly made the assertion that the number of issued employment-based visas should be reduced during times of high unemployment, as we've been experiencing over the last four years. Foster only scratched the surface of the injustice of foreign national hiring, however, as he only cited the 65,000 H-1B visas Washington issues each year. According to the Migration Policy Institute, the U.S. actually floods(.pdf) the job market annually with well over a half-million foreign workers, including upwards of 150,000 with J-1 visas and 75,000 with L-1 visas.
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Flooding the job market isn't helping to reverse this trend.