Illegal immigration has once again become a contentious political issue in the US. Many factors contribute to this problem, including the relative attractiveness of the US labor market and the demand for unskilled labor. We wonder: How many permanent US work visas are available each year specifically for unskilled, non-seasonal labor?
A. 950,000 is NOT correct. This is the number of people who legally immigrated to the US in 2004, commonly referred to as green card holders. Family sponsored (2/3), 155,000 because of job skills, and the rest refugees of various programs.
B. 500,000 is NOT correct. This is the number of undocument or illegal immigrants arrived in the US in 2004. Approx. 11 million of these people live in the US on a permanent basis.
C. 65,000 is NOT correct. This is the number of H-1B Visas each fiscal year for technical skilled workers, valid of 6 years.
D. 5,000 is correct. This is the number of permanent work visas available for unskilled, non-seasonal workers. Many experts consider this number inadequate.
Just a FYI. To me it means we need tougher border enforcement AND some temporary visa programs, but border first.
The answer needs to be 0. We have more then enough citizens and legal immigrants to perform any unskilled labor.
The only work visas should be for professional/technical/etc areas that we as a country need or want.
Yes, the answer SHOULD be ZERO!