• Obama Announces Unilateral Action To Bring In More Guest Workers

    President Barack Obama plans to take unilateral action to “make it easier” for global companies to send guest workers to the United States, he announced Monday.

    The action could benefit “hundreds of thousands” of new guest workers, who would be competing with American workers for jobs.

    “My administration is going to reform the L-1B visa category, which allows corporations to temporarily move workers from a foreign office to a U.S. office in a faster, simpler way,” he said in a speech Monday to a global investors summit at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Maryland. “And this could benefit hundreds of thousands of nonimmigrant workers and their employers.”

    Obama made the announcement moments after he boasted about working with Republicans on trade deals that would “put American workers first.”

    The L-1B visa allows foreign companies who plan to start an office in the U.S. to send “specialized knowledge employees” to the states for between 3 and 7 years to start an office. And it allows U.S. companies with foreign offices to transfer workers from those offices to offices in the states.

    In 2010, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services received more than 91,086 applications for these special guest worker visas, and approved 74,719 of them. Obama’s unspecified action would apparently up those numbers significantly.

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