The High Barriers Facing Foreign Workers

U.S. companies want freer entry for skilled and unskilled labor, but relaxing the rules won't be a pressing concern for Obama

What Business Wants

From technology giants like Microsoft (MSFT) to agricultural employers such as New York State's Torrey Farms, businesses tend to have a pretty straightforward take on immigration policy: If workers from other countries want to come to the U.S., government should let them in. This is a controversial stance among Americans who fear losing their jobs. But companies say the economy overall will be stronger with more workers, whether they're designing software, milking cows, or performing other tasks that Americans can't or won't do.

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