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A Visa Program Harms U.S. Workers

Friday, March 13, 2009

The March 2 editorial "A Wall Built With Visas," on H-1B visas, was incorrect in stating: "Even before the Grassley-Sanders proposal, companies had to make a case that a would-be foreign hire had . . . expertise that made him the best candidate for the job." There are no protections for Americans against discrimination in the H-1B program. That's why the Grassley-Sanders amendment was adopted.

Employers are free to use the visa program to replace U.S. workers with foreign workers. Employers will often be able to cut their payroll costs by using this program to replace older, higher-earning American employees with younger foreign workers at starting wages.

JACK MARTIN

Special Projects Director

Federation for

American Immigration Reform

Washington

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