Nicklaus: Visa lottery is damaging game for the economy

Libby Tucker and Sharif Ahmed are waiting to find out if they won the lottery, but not the multimillion-dollar payday kind. They also have more at stake than a few dollars invested at the local convenience store. Tucker, who oversees information technology for the city of Chesterfield, is waiting to hear whether she can keep a valued employee. Ahmed, a programmer who received a master's degree last year from the University of Missouri, has his career on the line. He is one of 233,000 people whose employers applied this month for H-1B visas, which are for foreigners whose skills are in high demand. 

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