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The Trump Administration Is Letting American Businesses Hire More Foreign Workers

The Trump Administration Is Letting American Businesses Hire More Foreign Workers

They were made available by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after federal officials said there were not enough qualified and willing United States workers to meet the needs of businesses for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year. Part of the deal included giving the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to increase the number of foreign workers, after consulting with the Secretary of Labor, "upon determination that the needs of American businesses can not be satisfied in fiscal year 2017 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor".

After consulting with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly found there were not enough qualified and willing American workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural work, the department said in a statement.

This isn't the first time the federal government has issued additional H-2B visas after the annual cap was reached.

Donald Trump has authorised the addition of 15,000 seasonal worker visas during what the White House has billed as "Made in America" week.

Starting this week, eligible businesses can petition for H-2B visas by filing a Form I-129 and submit a supplemental attestation on Form ETA 9142-B-CAA. First, though, they will need to attest that they would suffer irreparable harm if they can't hire the foreign workers they are requesting. Until past year, guest workers who had already participated were not counted toward the cap. "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".

While President Trump has expressed his opposition to guest worker programs, he has made an exception for the H2B visa - one his Mar-a-Lago resort regularly applies for in order to supplement its staff.

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

But Daniel Costa, who directs immigration research at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, said that the H2B program lacks enough enforcement to make sure American workers can benefit.

The hospitality industry, along with fisheries and others sectors, have actively lobbied for more temporary foreign workers.

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