DHS allows 15000 more seasonal foreign workers this year

18 July, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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In order to obtain one of these additional worker visas, petitioners must show that their business is facing irreversible damage if they can not hire H-2B workers during the fiscal year of 2017.

Because businesses applying for the program must state that they will be irreparably harmed without a workforce boost, the additional visas are consistent with an "America First" policy, the official said.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will be increasing the number of H-2B visas by 15,000.

According to a statement made available to Reuters, John Kelly, US secretary of homeland security, and Alexander Acosta, labour secretary, found out that there were not enough qualified and willing American workers to perform temporary nonagricultural work.

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".

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DHS Secretary John Kelly filed the required paperwork with the Federal Register to increase the number of H-2B visas for fiscal year 2017 after meeting with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, who said there weren't enough USA workers to satisfy the needs of businesses across the country.

"The fact that more than 700,000 visits were overstayed previous year shows just how much we need to step up interior enforcement to create more of a deterrent, not only by identifying and deporting overstays, but by weakening the job magnet by cracking down on employers who hire illegal workers", she said.

The decision threatens to reverse the trend of employers "raising pay to successfully recruit more unemployed Americans for lower-skilled jobs", said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration levels. Under the H-2 visa program, employers must also attest that they have made every effort to hire domestically.

The Trump Administration says it has a problem with visa overstays in the country and is now determined to step up enforcement to try to cut down on the violations. "I've hired in Florida during the prime season - you could not get help", Trump said in 2015. "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".

That could include Trump's own hotels. They were part-time jobs. That is a lie. This is about American jobs, ' " Kelly said.

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