DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas

US intensifies clampdown on Nigerians, Brazilians, others with overstayed visas

US intensifies clampdown on Nigerians, Brazilians, others with overstayed visas

Under authority provided by Congress, the Secretary of Homeland Security is permitted to allow the additional visas after determining that the needs of US businesses can't be satisfied with Americans willing and qualified to do the work.

Local economies in parts of New England and the Great Lakes rely on the program to cope with a major surge in business over the summer.

"The fact that more than 700,000 visits were overstayed a year ago shows just how much we need to step up interior enforcement to create more of a deterrent, not only by identifying and deporting overstays, but by weakening the job magnet by cracking down on employers who hire illegal workers", she said. "They were part-time jobs". "You're standing on your feet in the heat of the kitchen peeling onions and washing dishes until 2 in the morning".

The department met its cap for the visa applications in March.

"There is no set amount of H-2B workers allocated to ME, so we are advising our members to apply immediately as the department is issuing visas on a first-come, first-served basis", said Hewins.

News reports that federal law caps the number available at 66,000 a year nationwide. Employers that had previously sought visas through this program will have to reapply through a new process, according to Steve Hewins, president and CEO of the Maine Restaurant Association and Maine Innkeepers Association. "It's still going to be weeks before any of the workers who are available can make it here".

According to NBC, in 2016, the federal government allowed 13,382 additional visas to meet seasonal demand.

H-2B visas allow non-agricultural workers to gain temporary employment in the United States if businesses are unable to find qualified US workers.

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. "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".

Diment had to close some rooms in her hotel because she was not able to fill six housekeeping positions she has been filling with H2B workers for over two decades.

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