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Immigration reform’s real winners and losers

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - 02:29

As the bipartisan immigration bill begins winding its way through the Senate, Reuters’ Andy Sullivan breaks down the groups and industries that will benefit, and those that will see few spoils.

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President Obama has given his support to the plan worked out by a bipartisan group of eight senators that would shift the immigration system towards those who contribute to the economy. Let's take a look at some of the winners and losers. Among the biggest winners in Silicon Valley. High tech industry would get 1101000. Visas for high skilled workers nearly twice as many as it gets now. It's a good tech workers from India -- -- because they also get paid higher wages and farmworkers foreign farm workers can get the card that would enable them to work in the US for three years after five years they could apply for permanent residents are. Here are the good news is well. -- favorite seasonal guest workers dairy farms that neither has no year round have a hard time finding workers. Knew that would grant visas to be here. -- Contact but also when they allowed by three billion dollars in new money for drone aircraft and others. It would also provide one point five billion dollars for fencing along -- Mexico border. Academics -- The law would remove caps entirely -- highly educated immigrants we're talking about op researchers and academics. Those who -- science. And medical doctors. And also those exceptional. Athletes are athletes musicians and get a free pass into the country. Let's take a look at the biggest losers. Topping a list has to be US technology workers who say their wages I -- when companies bring in workers from overseas now the have to compete with nearly twice as many foreign workers. Construction firms would only be able to import 151000 temporary workers per year that's only 3% of the total much less than one. Forget immigrants also could end up as losers over the years they've benefited from a diversity lottery now this program with and getting rid of between 5000 visas. African immigrants historically made up about half of that. Family members of the family reunification programs now in place makes it easier for new immigrants living relatives in the United States that would end. Mexicans and Latin Americans also get short end. As the new lots views towards advanced degree holders that would many Latin American immigrants and to have left school. As you can see this plan would significantly change the type of people who can come into the United States with high skilled workers now the front of the line. For Reuters I Andy Sullivan.

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Immigration reform’s real winners and losers

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - 02:29