USA increases H-2B visa cap by 15000

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Earlier this year Congress voted to allow Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to offer more than the annual limit of 66,000 such visas.

Kevin Cummings, chief of the Business and Foreign Workers Division at USCIS, said in the conference call that there aren't enough US workers who are "willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor".

It said: "From landscapers in Colorado to innkeepers in ME to seafood processors along the Gulf Coast to carnivals nationwide, we hope the visa expansion will help some businesses avoid substantial financial loss, and in some cases, prevent early business closures during their peak season".

The decision to add visas comes amid a Trump administration crackdown on illegal immigration and promises to bring back jobs. This is being done in the best interest of the businesses, Trump Administration has argued.

The Colony, an oceanside hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine yards away from a Bush family property, may not even hire some H2B visa workers this year because they would only be arriving by summer's end, general manager John Martin said.

In order to help USA businesses at risk of suffering "irreparable harm", the Department of Homeland Security said Monday it will provide as many as 15,000 new H-2B visas this year for temporary seasonal workers.

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The H-2B Nonagricultural Worker program was created to find a sufficient number of qualified United States workers to perform nonagricultural work of a temporary base and serve USA business. Pressed by a reporter about how the policy announcement to allow more foreign workers into the US supports American jobs, a DHS spokesperson said that without those extra workers, USA businesses could suffer "irreparable harm".

The officials said the government made the decision after "considering the interest of USA workers" and has created a tip line for reports of worker exploitation and abuse.

After some determined lobbying by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and other proponents of the H-2B program, the Department of Homeland Security has authorized for 15,000 additional workers to be included in the 2017 cap.

In late June 2016, some local shrimpers said that they won't be able to fish this season because of the lack of H2B visa workers.

The increased visa allocation coincides with President Donald Trump's "Made in America" Week, which seeks to promote American workers and products. Hance said there is a shortage now. Roy Beck, president of the organization, said Monday that the increase could "reverse the trend of reports emerging around the country of employers working harder and raising pay to successfully recruit more unemployed Americans for lower-skilled jobs".

Trump campaigned on an "America First" platform of favoring Americans for hiring.

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