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(AP) — There is little debate that the country needs more foreign tourists, as it does not yet have a high enough skilled workforce to support an influx. And those who do come will do so in a variety of forms, from small-scale guesthouses to hotel suites.
But that’s not stopping advocates of such programs from asking a difm 카지노ferent question: Do they really make the country more attractive to potential foreigners? And if so, should they get a boost in government funding?
The Trump administration is proposing to give tax relief to foreign visitors to the U.S. if they have two years in the country, pay up-front federal taxes and obtain jobs. The current federal ban on such visas goes into effect in January.
In the weeks after the election, Trump administration officials began to talk about the visa program, with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly saying that it makes America a stronger “nation oCDC 철도청 카지노f immigrants” and others pledging to expand it.
But critics say the program is too small — only about 30,000 foreign visitors are allowed to apply for visas every year — and not rigorous enough to ensure that they do not get stuck in backlogs that will ultimately cause them to leave. They are also worried that many do not really do American jobs well, such as teaching English to children at a rural school in Guatemala or buying drugs from a local distributor or trucker, or 온라인 슬롯 머신 사이트buying goods of questionable quality that are not shipped to the U.S. Instead, they travel to places like the Dominican Republic to get work in hotels, bars and other public places.
In recent weeks, even those who are open about their intent to travel have faced backlash. The program faces new scrutiny in an apparent attempt by some members of the Trump administration to put in place an immigration crackdown in an effort to keep those coming home.
One of those, for example, is Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who on Wednesday proposed that foreign visitors receive $500,000 in government tax relief and that the State Department, Commerce Department and FBI provide visas to foreign tourists if they bring at least $2,000 in their own money, or “be of good moral character.”
A senior Republican said last week that Mnuchin’s proposal “doesn’t sound like something you’d want to have on a tourism proposal.”
The proposal comes as a host of other administration officials prepare to announce plans to curb visas, among them Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Treasury Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross, and Secretary of Commerce Wi