United States to admit 15000 additional temporary workers this year: DHS

United States to admit 15000 additional temporary workers this year: DHS

Senior DHS officials described the increase as a "one-time" occurrence, saying Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly increased the number of temporary foreign workers on the visas, known as H-2B visas, after discussing the option with businesses and the Department of Labor.

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would allow another 15,000 workers this fiscal year, but only for businesses "likely to suffer irreparable harm" without them.

Trump said he has relied on the program in the past to find workers for his golf courses and hotels.

There are requirements USA companies must meet, however.

The new rule will be available for public inspection today and be published later this week.

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

Many seasonal businesses such as resorts, landscaping companies and seafood harvesters and processors had sought permission to temporarily hire more immigrants.

The H-2B program is capped at 66,000 new visas annually; of that, 33,000 is reserved for workers who are hired during the first half of the fiscal year (Oct. 1 - March 31) and the remainder are for the latter half (April 1 - September 30).

The Trump administration has expanded the meaning of "America First" to include foreign workers willing to take on low-skill work. "While I have some concerns about the timeline for granting the additional visas, I look forward to working with Secretary Kelly and my colleagues in Congress on ways to provide more long-term certainty for America's seasonal small businesses".

He has also pushed for limits on the H-1B visas used by tech firms like Google, Microsoft, and Apple to bring in programmers to work on their projects.

The clothing line of the president's older daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, uses foreign factories employing low-wage workers in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China, a recent Washington Post report showed.

A report on Monday by the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank, found, however, there was little evidence of worker shortages in H-2B jobs at the national level.

"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".

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

"We're talking about American businesses that are at risk of suffering irreparable harm if they don't get additional H-2B workers", said David Lapan, a DHS spokesperson told reporters.

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