A New Border Crossing

How a new work visa could scuttle immigration reform

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How a new work visa could scuttle immigration reform.

After more than a decade of bickering, a bipartisan bloc of Senators will shortly release a massive new bill designed to fix America's broken immigration system. At the heart of the deal is a proposal to create a special new visa for low-skilled workers that is so controversial it could wind up killing the entire effort.

It's called a W visa.

Under the proposal, an employer who shows he can't fill a low-skilled job with a qualified American worker would list it with a federally overseen jobs bank. A foreign worker could then register for the job, apply for and receive...

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