H-2B Update

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On Friday, May 15, AmericanHort and the H-2B Workforce Coalition sent the attached letter to President Trump outlining the important benefits that the H-2B program provides to seasonal businesses and their American workers. It also stresses the role of seasonal businesses in our nation’s economic recovery. This coalition letter demonstrates the broad industry support for the H-2B program. It will assist our Congressional supporters with outreach to the Administration as the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security review potential changes to temporary worker visa programs.

President Trump’s April 22 Presidential proclamation temporarily restricting legal immigration also called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to review current temporary worker programs. The proclamation states:
Within 30 days of the effective date of this proclamation, the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall review nonimmigrant programs and shall recommend to me other measures appropriate to stimulate the United States economy and ensure the prioritization, hiring, and employment of United States workers.

Recently Senators Cotton (R-AR), Cruz (R-TX), Grassley (R-IA) and Hawley (R-MO) wrote to the President asking him to suspend the issuance of all temporary worker visas for 60 days and to suspend the issuance of new H-2B visas for one year or until unemployment returns to normal levels, whichever comes first. The letter states that high school and college students can easily fill seasonal jobs in landscaping and at summer resorts.

Despite this letter, we continue to see broad Congressional support for the H-2B program. Our Congressional champions continue to weigh in with the Administration about the importance of the program.

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