Why It's Getting Harder to Hire Foreign Workers

Federal agencies in charge of employment visas are making them harder to get, advocacy groups say
Torrey says she can't bring in enough workers to tend to her vegetable fields Heather Johnson

Maureen Torrey, the 11th-generation owner of a vegetable farm in upstate New York, doesn't have much in common with Atul Jain, the New Delhi-born founder of 14-year-old Global Software Solutions, an IT consulting firm outside Washington, D.C. Yet both say they're suffering from an increase in government obstacles to hiring foreigners. "We're in a crisis situation as we see no action by Washington," says Torrey, 58, who recently cut back the land she plants by more than 10 percent, to 6,700 acres.

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