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Lawmakers tackle guest worker programs in House immigration bill

The House is pursuing a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, while the Senate prepares to debate a more comprehensive bill this week

The Senate is attracting attention this week as it debates wide-ranging immigration legislation. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers continues to formulate its own bill, but is struggling over the issue of guest worker programs.

Many businesses are in favor of such programs, which would allow companies in the tech, construction and agriculture industries, among others, to hire more overseas workers. Microsoft Corp.’s general counsel, Brad Smith, for instance, has repeatedly pushed for an increase in H1-B visas that would bring more highly skilled science, engineering and tech workers stateside to compensate for the purported dearth of qualified U.S. workers.

Alanna Byrne

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