Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario: Shambassadors

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The "Cultural Ambassador," or Q1 visa, was created by Congress back in 1983 to help the Disney Corporation staff its newly opened Florida theme-park. The Epcot Center showcases the pavilions of eleven foreign countries and has an endless World's Fair vibe. It's almost possible to imagine that a foreign worker who is serving beverages and bussing tables is sharing "cultural heritage" when dressed in lederhosen.

In an effort to sidestep the stricter immigration laws passed by Congress in 2007, Colorado ski resorts now use Q1 visas to find foreign workers. Whether ski-resort jobs have any resemblance to the culture of Mexico or Australia, it will be interesting to see how the ambassadors perform this sham... -- Kenny Be

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