By Tim Kowols
Rep. Mike Gallagher and other congressional members have let President Donald Trump know they would like the J-1 Student Visa program exempt from proposed immigration changes. Under the President’s Buy American/Hire American initiative, it could eliminate or drastically change an important employee source for many areas across the country, including in Door County where the tourism industry led to 440 students being hired this summer. Rep. Gallagher believes the J-1 Student Visa program is a critical element of the local economy and American workforce.
According to the U.S. State Department, around 300,000 foreign visitors participated in the J-1 Student Visa program in 2016, including 10,136 in Wisconsin.