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WSJ: Future of Legal Immigration Programs Unclear Under Trump

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 06:35 PM

The debate over legal immigration is heating up and could be on par with the ongoing discussion about how to get a handle on illegal immigration, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal examines the issue and notes that several facets of the U.S. economy rely on legal immigrants coming to this country for work. It's still unclear how things will shake out during President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

H-1B visas, for example, are given out to highly skilled tech workers from foreign countries. There are also programs to hand out green cards and temporary guest-worker visas, some of which fill jobs in the agricultural industry.

Critics say these programs are taking jobs away from Americans. Others think Americans won't work some of those positions.

"There aren't Floridians that are going into those groves and picking those oranges. It's just not happening," Rep. Tom Rooney, a Florida Republican, told the Journal.

In a video last month, Trump said he would direct the Department of Labor to take a look at the foreign worker visa programs.

In a speech in Baton Rouge in early December, Trump vowed to stop U.S. companies from abusing the foreign worker visa program over worries that it's detrimental to Americans looking for work.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, who was nominated to serve as Trump's attorney general, has been critical of the H-1B visa program in the past, which has some in Silicon Valley worried. 

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