U.S. increases H-2B visa cap by 15000


In a statement, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly said he consulted with Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta to determine that "there are not enough qualified and willing U.S. workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses in FY 2017".

"In a statement, DHS said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had consulted with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and determined there were not enough "qualified and willing USA workers" to fill the needs of businesses".

Though President Donald Trump has taken a hard line stance on immigration, legal and otherwise, Kelly said the decision to add visas was a "demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses".

The H-2B program now has an annual cap of 66,000 visas and a maximum of 33,000 visas are available during the first half of the fiscal year and then the remainder and any unused H-2B visas become available from April 1 through September.

Mr Kelly said that Congress has given him "discretional authority to provide temporary relief" for American businesses that are going to suffer without seasonal workers.

"This is yet another example of the administration and Congress failing to keep the Trump campaign promise of putting American workers first", he said.

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Since he assumed office, Trump has tried to reduce migration to the country by placing a travel ban on some countries.

While President Trump has generally opposed bringing in guest workers, he has made an exception for this program.

"For every senator or congressman who has your view, I have another who says, 'Don't you dare. You needed them, or we just might as well close the doors, because you couldn't get help in those hot, hot sections of Florida". And the seafood industry, which began its hiring season in April, competes with other industries, such as landscaping and tourism, that rely heavily on temporary summer workers.

In May, when Congress authorized the increase, some members of Trump's own party blasted the initiative. They must place an advertisement for the jobs on two separate days in an effort to "must conduct certain recruitment to ensure that there are not qualified USA workers available for the position". That is a lie.

As it stands, Costa said, employers can advertise jobs to Americans with unusually low wages and create a "fake labor shortage" that they're then allowed to fill with vulnerable, easily exploited foreign workers.

"If the wage is decent and the employer obeys the law, Americans will do the job".