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Trump admin allows 15K temporary worker visas

Trump admin allows 15K temporary worker visas

"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.

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

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.

The H-2B program now has an annual cap of 66,000 visas and a maximum of 33,000 visas are available during the first half of the fiscal year and then the remainder and any unused H-2B visas become available from April 1 through September.

The extra visas will be available to companies that can show that their businesses would be harmed if they can't temporarily hire foreign workers.

However, when it comes to the H-2B visa program, Trump himself - as a businessman - has used it to hire temporary low-wage foreign workers at his golf resorts in Florida. Part of the deal included giving the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to increase the number of foreign workers, after consulting with the Secretary of Labor, "upon determination that the needs of American businesses can not be satisfied in fiscal year 2017 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor".

DHS spokesman David Lapan told NBC News that Congress gave his department the authority to allow additional visas at least six months later than normal.

The United States needs more foreign workers to keep some American businesses from floundering, according to a decision announced by USA officials Monday.

While President Trump has expressed his opposition to guest worker programs, he has made an exception for the H2B visa - one his Mar-a-Lago resort regularly applies for in order to supplement its staff.

The Trump Administration says it has a problem with such immigrants and is now determined to step up enforcement to try to cut down on the violations.

And while more visas may create a workforce boost, the damage - and its effect on other industries - may already be done. This is about American jobs, ' " Kelly said. "That doesn't mean there aren't some shortages in some places, but there need to be rules in place to ensure that a fair wage is being offered to American workers first".


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