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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to the media during his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In one of his final acts as Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI) is leading an effort to give thousands of American work visas to Irish citizens.

A total of 10,500 visas under the federal government's E-3 program were originally set aside for applicants from Australia beginning in 2005. In 2017, 5,657 visas were issued to Australian applicants, leaving around 5,000 up for grabs.

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