by

Reuters

Thursday, February 2, 2006; 2:27 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/02/AR2006020201
141_pf.html

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (Reuters) – President George W. Bush Thursday called
on
Congress to raise the cap on the so-called H-1B visas that allow
companies
to fill high tech jobs with foreign workers.

“The problem is, is that Congress has limited the number of H-1B
visas,”
Bush said in a speech.

“I think it’s a mistake not to encourage more really bright folks who
can
fill the jobs that are having trouble being filled in America, to
limit
their number. So I call upon Congress to be realistic and reasonable
to
raise that cap,” he said.

High-tech businesses have pushed Congress to increase the number of
such
visas, currently capped at 65,000 per year.

Workers are allowed to stay in the United States for six years.

Some labor groups have opposed an expansion of the program, saying it
takes
away jobs from Americans.


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