Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

United States intensifies clampdown on Nigerians, Brazilians, others with overstayed visas

Speaker Ryan Squeezes More H-2B Workers From DHS Chief John Kelly			AP		by Neil Munro17 Jul 20170		17 Jul 2017		17 Jul 2017 Speaker Ryan Squeezes More H-2B Workers From DHS Chief John Kelly AP by Neil Munro17 Jul 20170 17 Jul 2017 17 Jul 2017
Laurie Berry | 17 July, 2017, 21:30

Congress set the maximum number of H-2B visas to be issued at 66,000 for the fiscal year, which ends September 30.

Still, senior DHS officials insisted the policy fits Trumps self-styled "America First" agenda because it will help American businesses. Though DHS officials said they had no information on whether Trump companies would apply for any of the extra H2Bs, his properties have in the past hired foreign workers that way.

The H-2B program allows workers from places like Mexico and Guatemala to come to the USA, work for a few months at a government-set prevailing wage, and then return to their home countries, only to repeat the process the following year.

"Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers", Kelly said in a statement.

The Trump administration announced Monday an increase in seasonal worker visas that USA resorts depend on, but the move halfway through the summer is unlikely to alleviate a nationwide shortage.

In February, Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's Florida resort, announced it would hire 64 workers under the program. After appeals from employers in their home districts, representatives in Washington have been haranguing the administration to act.

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The changes got Johnson to say he'd vote "yes" to start debating the bill, but he then raised new concerns in Green Bay. John Kennedy said the "unfair treatment" under McConnell's original bill would have cost the state $2 billion.

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

The way Trump spoke on the campaign trail, one would expect him to limit the number of available H-2B visas, thereby forcing employers to raise wages until local, US -born workers were willing to take the jobs. The cap was met on March 13 this year.

DHS made a decision to increase the amount of H-2B visas allowed after consulting with the Department of Labor, and was given the authority to do so in the omnibus spending bill that Congress recently approved.

The United States government has sanctioned a crackdown on visitors with visa overstays.

Resorts, hotels, restaurants and other service-sector businesses say they depend on the foreign workers because it is harder to recruit young Americans for the jobs paying $10-$15 an hour for up to four months in the summer.

"As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap", Kelly said in a statement.

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