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The Trump administration will allow 15,000 more visas for temporary seasonal workers this year
The Trump administration acted Monday to allow 15,000 more visas for temporary seasonal workers this year.
Under authority provided by Congress, the Secretary of Homeland Security is permitted to allow the additional visas after determining that the needs of U.S. businesses can't be satisfied with Americans willing and qualified to do the work. Related: Trump’s Executive Orders Aimed at Curbing Low Wage Foreign Hires So-called "H2B visas" are used to bring in non-agricultural guest workers. Landscaping businesses, resorts, and other seasonal employers depend on them every year. A federal law caps the number available at 66,000 a year nationwide, but Congress gave DHS the power to authorize more, after consulting with the Labor Department and determining that companies would be significantly harmed if they weren't able to bring in foreign workers for the season. President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin, April 18, 2017. Trump signed a an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. Susan Walsh / AP Many employers have complained that the action by DHS comes too late this year to allow full staffing by the beginning of the summer season.
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