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The technology market slump hit the work force hard with massive layoffs, but the hardest hit are foreign technology workers in the United States on visas that expired the moment they received a pink slip.
Many of these workers came to the United States on H-1B visas, paid for by employers and designated for professionals with bachelor's degrees in specialty occupations.
Some estimates show about 640,000 immigrants -- mostly from India and China -- have come to work for American corporations since 1992. Many were brought here to help with Y2K issues, but as that need went away and a market downturn caused giant cuts in head counts, the workers were not only out of work but threatened with deportation.