Thursday, February 2, 2006; 2:27 PM
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (Reuters) – President George W. Bush Thursday called
Congress to raise the cap on the so-called H-1B visas that allow
to fill high tech jobs with foreign workers.
“The problem is, is that Congress has limited the number of H-1B
Bush said in a speech.
“I think it’s a mistake not to encourage more really bright folks who
fill the jobs that are having trouble being filled in America, to
their number. So I call upon Congress to be realistic and reasonable
raise that cap,” he said.
High-tech businesses have pushed Congress to increase the number of
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
away jobs from Americans.