USA gives visas to 15k temporary workers because of labour shortage


The Trump administration said Monday that it is providing an additional 15,000 visas for foreign workers, despite the president's calls to hire USA workers first.

They were made available by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after federal officials said there were not enough qualified and willing USA workers to meet the needs of businesses for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.

An urgent need of workers has led many seasonal businesses and members of Congress to plead with Kelly to issue the visas.

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

To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it can not employ H-2B nonimmigrant workers during fiscal year 2017.

The annual cap of H2-B visas is 66,000. 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". He obtained "discretional authority" from Congress to provide "temporary relief" to USA companies that are going to be impacted without seasonal workers.

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"[Secretary of Homeland Security] John Kelly wanted to make sure these 15,000 visas go to companies that are in the most trouble - the most risk of financial failure and having to close their doors", Cummings said. Tillis's insatiable desire for cheap foreign labor, or if he will continue blocking the qualified nominee to extort more H-2B visas for the next fiscal year, beginning on October 1.

"As we all know, there's a labor shortage on Hilton Head Island, and it's ever more important to have these (H-2B) associates to work with us", Wiendl said. Dick Durbin criticized DHS for increasing the number of H-2B visas.

Advocates of a tight immigration policy, including many on the right who helped propel President Donald Trump's campaign, have claimed seasonal worker visas depress wages and take jobs away from USA workers.

As both the Palm Beach Post and CNN have reported, President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club utilizes the H-2B visa program to hire seasonal workers. "Clearly it's time for a new policy, one defined by two simple rules: We will buy American". However, even if the entire allotment authorized for the year were released, Department of Labor Statistics numbers indicate that it would only fill half the positions requested by American employers.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies on the other hand argued, that instead of "propping up unsustainable businesses by allowing them to become so dependent on foreign workers", the Trump administration should consider providing incentives that promote employers to hire the "hundreds of thousands" of Americans that are looking for entry-level work.