Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas

DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas

"After consulting with the secretary of labor, Secretary Kelly determined that there are not enough USA workers who are willing, qualified and able to perform temporary non-agricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses and that these businesses will likely suffer irreparable harm if they can not hire more H-2B workers in fiscal year 2017", a senior DHS official said on a press call.

The Trump administration announced Monday an increase in seasonal worker visas that United States resorts depend on, but the move halfway through the summer is unlikely to alleviate a nationwide shortage.

NumbersUSA, an organization that opposes additional immigration, urged the administration not to increase the number of H-2B visas. The government does not require them to submit evidence, but requires them to maintain documents that could act as evidence for three years. In addition to the increase in visas, the department also announced a new tip line for people to report abuse of the program, according to a press release.

Lapan said this was "because we are talking about American businesses that are at risk of suffering irreparable harm if they do not get additional H-2b visas".

"I have no idea if I'm even going to get a visa once they're processed", Diment said.

H-2B visas allow non-agricultural workers to gain temporary employment in the United States if businesses are unable to find qualified US workers.

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Some 66,000 "H-2B" visas were allocated for this summer, and resorts from ME to Florida along the U.S. east coast have complained they don´t have enough.

Trump's own businesses, including his resort Mar-a-Lago, have used the program.

The Trump administration has expanded the meaning of "America First" to include foreign workers willing to take on low-skill work.

The way Trump spoke on the campaign trail, one would expect him to limit the number of available H-2B visas, thereby forcing employers to raise wages until local, USA -born workers were willing to take the jobs.

Resorts, hotels, restaurants and other service-sector businesses say they depend on the foreign workers because it is harder to recruit young Americans for the jobs paying $10-$15 an hour for up to four months in the summer.

A senior DHS official told NBC News that businesses applying for the program must state that they will be irreparably harmed without a workforce boost, so the additional visas are consistent with an "America First" policy. "As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap".

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