The Trump administration announced Friday that it will make an additional 15,000 visas available to businesses seeking to bring in low-skilled, foreign labor through a contentious guest worker program.
So-called H-2B visas are limited by statute to 66,000 per year, and business groups regularly complain the limit is too low to make up for a supposed shortage of available U.S. workers, forcing them to scale back operations or raise wages to attract applicants.
Congress did not lift the cap during budget negotiations earlier this year.
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Instead, lawmakers quietly tucked a provision into the omnibus spending bill that gives the Department of Homeland Security the authority to roughly double the number of H-2B visas if there is a “sufficient need.”
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