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Disdainful of H-1B's, Trump expands a different foreign worker visa

19 July 2017

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".

As a presidential candidate, Trump said he would "end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers for every visa and immigration program", with "no exceptions".

"The additional H-2B visas will be available to businesses that will suffer irreparable harm if they can't hire all the H-2B workers requested in their FY 2017 petition", she said.

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

Many businesses and members of congress have pleaded with Kelly to issue the visas, citing an urgent need for workers.

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The visas are for workers taking temporary jobs in the seafood, tourism, landscaping, construction and other seasonal industries - but not farm laborers.

The US government is going to issue 15,000 visas to temporary seasonal workers to provide labour for American businesses. 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.

The DHS blamed Congress for delaying the decision being made about the hiring of seasonal workers and pushing it into summer and announced that they are "committed to protecting U.S. workers and strengthening the integrity of the U.S. immigration system". The H.R. 2004 bill, which was introduced in the House of Representatives in April, would exclude returning workers from being counted toward the yearly cap. "We won this battle, but the ongoing war continues", said Dave Byrd, the director of regulatory affairs for the National Ski Areas Association, which sent a letter this spring to Kelly urging him to grow the number of allowed temporary worker visas.

"This is yet another example of the administration and Congress failing to keep the Trump campaign promise of putting American workers first", He added.

DHS said the limited number of 15,000 was based on an exemption from the cap on the H-2B visas previous year and that DHS and the Labor Department believe it will satisfy businesses' labor needs.

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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".

But according to the DHS and the Department of Labor, Americans haven't been willing or qualified enough to perform the available work.

Congress set the annual H-2B cap at 66,000.

"Nationally, there isn't actual evidence of labor shortages people talk about", he said.

The development comes as US President Donald Trump has declared this week as "Made In America" week and vowed to stand up for the US workers.

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Disdainful of H-1B's, Trump expands a different foreign worker visa