The Trump administration has announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional H-2B visas for low-wage foreign workers after determining that the needs of United States businesses can not be satisfied with Americans willing and qualified to do the work.
DHS said the limited number of 15,000 was based on an exemption from the cap on the H-2B visas a year ago and that DHS and the Labor Department believe it will satisfy businesses' labor needs.
"Congress gave Kelly the authority to put around 70,000 more of those jobs out of the reach of Americans; at least Kelly limited the damage to keeping just 15,000 more Americans out of the labor market", he said in a statement.More news: Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89
Congress paved the way to increasing the number of H-2B workers in May when it passed an omnibus budget to avoid a government shutdown. "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.
President Donald Trump has said he's going to set more limits on the H-1B visa program, which allows tens of thousands of technology workers into the U.S. each year. A new way to report general H-2B abuse and employer violations has also been established. The H-2B Workforce Coalition gave voice to the sector, welcoming the "minimal relief" granted them by the Federal government. Monday marks the start of "Made in America" week, kicked off by an event at the White House featuring goods made in each of the 50 states and including remarks by the president previewing deals his administration is negotiating aimed at improving the lot of the American manufacturing sector. But lawmakers from several states, as well as the business community and pro-immigration advocates, had pressured the administration to issue these visas, saying businesses were unable to fill the posts they needed with USA workers.
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.More news: Donald Trump's Climate Change Denial Ignites the Grass Roots
The decision to add visas comes amid a Trump administration crackdown on illegal immigration and promises to bring back jobs.
"Nationally, there isn't actual evidence of labor shortages people talk about", he said. In an analysis of 10 occupations, Acosta said he found that wages had remained stagnant or declined in nine of them ― an indication that employers aren't raising wages the way they normally would if they had to attract workers.
DHS press secretary David Lapan told reporters, "we're talking about American businesses that are at risk of suffering irreparable harm", according to The Washington Times.More news: Fresh Kid Ice dead