Ski resorts applaud Homeland Security increase in H2B worker visas

Posted July 19, 2017

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.

During his campaign, President Donald Trump had promised to put American workers first and curtail migration rate to the country.

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.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly faced questions on the topic when he testified on Capitol Hill last month.

In order to hire foreign workers through the non-immigrant visa program, businesses must show there are not enough USA workers "able, willing, qualified, and available" for the jobs. Part of the deal included giving the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to increase the number of seasonal 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".

He said the additional visas were a "one-time extension" of the visa cap set by Congress.

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The Trump Organization is among the businesses that use the visas. USCIS will stop accepting petitions after September 15 or after the cap is reached, whichever occurs first. But now that he occupies the White House, Trump is apparently coming around to the employers' point of view, which is that there aren't enough American workers willing to take the jobs at wages employers can afford to pay.

The temporary visas had previously been capped at 66,000 for the fiscal year.

"This does help with American businesses continuing to prosper", a senior DHS official told NBC News. Trump's own businesses, including his resort Mar-a-Lago, have used the program. "Moving forward, it's important that the debate over H-2B is rooted in hard facts and the real-world experiences of small businesses owners doing everything they can make ends meet, not the misleading opinions of political pundits based in New York City and Washington who have never had to make payroll". Most backstretch workers are hired for longer periods of time than seasonal workers sought by industries such as seafood processing and hospitality.

The decision faced further criticism as Iowa Republican Sen. "That doesn't mean there aren't some shortages in some places, but there need to be rules in place to ensure that a fair wage is being offered to American workers first".

While applicant spots must be shared with other members of the H-2B coalition, the cap increase provides a measured boost to the Thoroughbred industy.