Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

The Trump Administration Is Letting American Businesses Hire More Foreign Workers

The Trump Administration Is Letting American Businesses Hire More Foreign Workers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced it would allow 15,000 more foreign workers to obtain temporary non-immigrant visas due to a shortage of qualified laborers in the United States.

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. Businesses hit the cap in March, and in May, Congress gave Kelly authority to increase the limit up to 70,000.

Kelly said there are not enough qualified workers available to American businesses for fiscal year 2017.

Last year, the federal government allowed 13,382 additional visas beyond the statutory cap to meet seasonal demand.

This may seem out of line with USA president Donald Trump's "Hire American" initiative, and his efforts to reduce or delay visas for skilled foreign workers.

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, a proponent of the H-2B program, held up one of President Donald Trump's nominees for the Department of Homeland Security, hoping to pressure DHS Secretary John Kelly to reach a decision on the visa program.

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During a call with reporters, a senior DHS official said the additional visas "absolutely" fits in with Trump's campaign promise to put America first. They must place an advertisement for the jobs on two separate days in an effort to "must conduct certain recruitment to ensure that there are not qualified USA workers available for the position". "I've hired in Florida during the prime season - you could not get help", Trump said in 2015.

"As President Trump has noted, the H-2B program is vital for businesses that desperately need temporary help to keep their doors open and keep their American workforce employed".

Trump has previously opposed allowing guest workers in the United States, though his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., has used H-2B seasonal employees.

Advocates also say that foreign guest workers often experience sub-standard working conditions that are harmful to their health.

The hospitality industry, along with fisheries and others sectors, have actively lobbied for more temporary foreign workers.

The programme is created to fill unskilled jobs that Americans do not want, but American companies need to fill in order to keep their business going.

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