Economy & Business
10:29 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Dells Attractions: Immigration Reform Could End Use of Foreign College Workers

Owners of tourist attractions in the Wisconsin Dells contend the immigration reform bill making the rounds in Washington, would halt the use of college students from abroad, as summer help.

Resort operators and others in the popular vacation spot have long been bringing in foreign college students to work the busy summer months, under a J-1 Visa program.

However, the reform proposal has an anti-human trafficking component. It would prevent foreign contractors from charging people interested in working in the U.S. a fee, and instead force the interested employers here to pay the $2,000 needed for recruiting and filing the required applications.

Attraction owners say the foreign-exchange arrangement has provided them with an ample supply of eager young workers.