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February 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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Immigration reform: H-1B visas

Invest in American workers

As senior programmer in the Seattle area, I am totally against expanding H-1B visas [“Let in far more foreign workers?” page one, Jan. 30].

By lifting the annual quota of H-1B visas (from 65,000 to 150,000 visas per year) and reducing the cost (from $10,000 to $1,000 per visa), we have devalued those Americans (citizen and green-card carriers) who are struggling to become engineers.

We should be reducing the number of H-1B visas, increasing the cost per visa, and putting more investment in our high schools, junior colleges and universities to blossom more engineering graduates.

--Jeff Tanner, Seattle


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