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Biden Eyes More Foreign Workers While Skirting H-1B Visa Uproar

  • Labor groups have resisted previous plans for foreign workers
  • Biden calls for increase in employment-based green cards
Immigrants From Over 50 Countries Become U.S. Citizens At The New York Public Library

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Joe Biden’s immigration overhaul seeks to allow more skilled foreign workers into the U.S. without stirring widespread protest from labor groups, whose opposition would all but ruin prospects for what is already one of the president’s most precarious priorities.

The sweeping proposal Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office drew quick Republican opposition over its centerpiece: a faster path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Another provision would allow more foreign students and workers to enter the U.S. by increasing the number of employment-based green cards.