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Fire Fight

U.S. workers are complaining about immigrant labor--this time, it's technology layoffs.

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This story appears in the February 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It seems like just yesterday dotcoms couldn't hire fast enough. Unable to find qualified employees stateside, many were hiring workers from overseas on H-1B visas, which allow "specialty" workers in occupations such as computer programming to enter the United States should demand in their fields exceed the available supply in the work force here. Demand was so great, the cap on the number of H-1B visas issued annually was raised in 2000.

But given the mass layoffs that have hit today's job market, employers of H-1B workers are coming under fire, facing accusations they're letting American employees go in order to hire applicants from other countries willing to work for less.

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