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  • Signs of a Strong Economy: Hedges Are Overgrown and Lawns Need Mowing

    08/27/2018 4:24:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 134 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 26, 2018 | Shayndi Raice
    Brian Friend sat at his kitchen table nursing a Friday-night beer this spring when he realized he would need to cancel $80,000 in landscaping contracts because he couldn’t hire enough workers. “It was a low point,” said the 42-year-old Mr. Friend, who runs Sylvan Gardens Landscape LLC in Pittsburgh. Like landscapers across the country, Mr. Friend has faced a severe labor shortage this year, spurred by low levels of unemployment and high demand for visas under the foreign seasonal-worker program known as H-2B. Higher wages and added bonuses haven’t attracted more workers, some landscapers say. Richard Cafaro, owner of family-run...
  • Trump says hire American. These businesses say they can't — foreign labor limits are killing them

    08/06/2018 5:56:54 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 92 replies
    NBC ^ | Aug.06.2018 | Dartunorro Clark
    For nearly 25 years, Donnie and Michelle Massie have been on the ride of their life, traveling with their family-run carnival, Alpine Amusement, across the Midwest. But now they say it may come to an end. The Massies, like other seasonal American businesses including landscaping and crabbing, have for years relied on a federal seasonal worker program — known as H-2B visas — to keep their midway moving. But this year, they were denied the 44 visas they requested to bring in their usual workers from Mexico and South Africa. SNIP In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration shifted the...
  • DOJ, Labor Dept to target employers that 'discriminate' against Americans by hiring foreign workers

    07/31/2018 9:38:04 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 208 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Labor (DOL) announced an agreement Tuesday to work together in cracking down on companies that "discriminate" against U.S. workers by hiring foreign workers. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the Labor Department will start sharing information on employers, refer issues to the appropriate officials at each department and offer training to each other’s staff under the agreement. Acting Assistant General John Gore said in a statement that the agreement will help the civil rights division’s “ability to identify employers the favor temporary visa holders over U.S. workers who can do the job.” “Employers should...
  • GOP & Democrats Triple H-2B Visa-Workers to Almost 200,000

    07/26/2018 2:38:33 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/26/2018 | Neal Munro
    The H-2B visa-worker program imports roughly 66,000 seasonal workers each year, allowing seasonal companies to lower wages for American seasonal workers and for year-round staff and supervisors. The new amendment will allow CEOs to hire H-2B workers from the two prior years without counting them under the 66,000 annual cap. That legal trick will give CEOs a population of up to 198,000 H-2B workers to help lower wages for a larger number of Americans — even though wages are climbing very slowly in the current good economy, and many younger Americans are far worse off than their parents. The proposed...
  • Mar-a-Lago Seeks Permission To Hire 40 More Foreign Workers On H-2 Visas

    07/05/2018 9:13:19 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 62 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05 July 2018
    Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire 40 foreign waiters and waitresses under the H-2B visa program, which allows American employers to hire foreigners on a seasonal basis if there is not a sufficient supply of qualified Americans.
  • Trump Praises Guestworkers In Michigan Speech [28 April 2018]

    05/28/2018 3:15:12 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 70 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 02 May 2018 | Preston Huennekens
    Trump: "For the farmers its going to get really good. We're going to let your guestworkers come in, because we have to have strong borders, but we have to let your workers in.....But we're gonna let them in because you need them....Guestworkers, don't we agree? We have to have them."
  • Homeland Security releases 15,000 additional H-2B visas

    05/26/2018 8:16:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 25, 2018 | Katie Johnston Globe Staff
    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen raised the cap on H-2B visas after determining there were not enough qualified US workers to meet the needs of American employers, the department said. The same situation occurred last year, although Homeland Security did not grant extra visas until July.
  • House Allows H-2B [Low Skill Work Visa] Increase in Omnibus Spending Bill

    03/22/2018 7:11:14 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 41 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 22 March 2018 | Preston Huennekens
    The new spending bill covering the remainder of the fiscal year includes a provision to again allow the Department of Homeland Security to exceed the annual cap on admissions of unskilled non-agricultural workers. This step, if fully implemented by USCIS, potentially would add as many as 63,000 additional H-2B guest workers next year, nearly doubling the size of this program.
  • Trump's Mar-a-Lago Granted Visas For 70 Foreign Workers

    11/04/2017 3:36:24 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 102 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/4/17 | Mary Papenfuss
    President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has been granted 70 visas to bring in foreign workers for the winter season, The Palm Beach Post reports. That’s a 9 percent increase from last year, when Mar-a-Lago hired 64 workers under the H-2B visa program. The new visas will go to 20 foreign cooks, 35 waiters and 15 maids and housekeepers for the 2017-18 tourist season, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They’ll earn hourly wages from $10.33 (for the cleaners) to $13.34 (for the cooks). The temporary visas allow them to work from October 2017 to the end of May 2018. A hallmark of Trump’s presidential...
  • Proof that Mass Immigration Has a Negative Impact on Americans

    09/06/2017 5:40:49 AM PDT · by davikkm · 20 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    The cap that President Trump has refused to lift on H-2B visas has forced companies all over the United States to do the unthinkable and hire American workers! What’s worse is that they are complaining that they have to pay American workers more…Tell me again; didn’t someone say that immigration was good for Americans? Is this not irrefutable evidence that the low-skilled (or living in low-opportunity areas) workers are being squeezed out of the job market by workers who are willing to take a lower wage? Isn’t this known as wage-suppression? The fact that employers are hiring people as seasonal...
  • Paul Ryan’s GOP Quietly Boosts H-2B Visa-Worker Program

    08/31/2017 5:23:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 30, 2017 | Neil Munro
    The latest 1,305-page draft House appropriations bill for 2018 uses a bureaucratic trick on page 732 to help employers cut wages for foreign H-2B seasonal workers — and indirectly, also cut wages for American workers. “Republicans in Congress still haven’t got the message that voters sent last November,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for NumbersUSA. She continued:
  • Homeland Security to allow 15,000 more visas for seasonal workers

    07/17/2017 10:28:17 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/2017 | Rafael Bernal
    The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday it would expand the number of temporary visas granted this year for workers in seasonal non-agricultural industries like tourism. In a statement, DHS said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had consulted with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and determined there were not enough “qualified and willing U.S. workers” to fill the needs of businesses. “Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers,” Kelly said in a statement. “As a demonstration of the administration’s commitment...
  • Maine town resorts to hiring Americans as visas run out

    07/16/2017 6:30:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 77 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Jazz Shaw
    That really sounds like something out of The Onion, doesn’t it? I mean, a headline like that one has to be satire. And yet it’s a very real story brought to us by The Daily Caller this week. Their title, while a bit more direct, has the same impact. “Shortage Of Foreign Labor Forces Maine Businesses To Hire Local Workers.” The location is Bar Harbor, Maine, and yes, my friends… the struggle is real. Businesses in Bar Harbor, Maine are turning to locals to make up for a shortage of foreign guest workers that normally fill summer jobs in the...
  • GOP Sen. Tillis Blocks Donald Trump’s DHS Nominee To Get More H-2B Workers

    07/12/2017 9:29:07 AM PDT · by johnk · 77 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11 Jul 2017 | by NEIL MUNRO
    North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis is demanding the Department of Homeland Security hand over more H-2B worker visas before he allows Senate approval of a top homeland security official. President Donald Trump has appointed Lee Francis Cissna to serve as director of the DHS’s critical U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. The agency is responsible for screening arrivals and immigrants to prevent jihad attacks and other terrorism. Cissna has been approved by the Senate committee, but he won’t get a Senate approval vote soon because Tillis asked the GOP’s leader to put a so-called “hold” on the nomination. Tillis...
  • Immigration Hawks to DHS: H-2B Expansion ‘Shows Contempt for Forgotten Americans’

    05/31/2017 6:31:18 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 May 2017 | John Binder
    A pro-American employee organization is asking Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly to not expand a visa program that outsources blue-collar jobs. Last week, Kelly appeared to cave on the issue of H-2B visas, telling senators that he would “likely” supply the big business lobby with more low-skilled foreign guest workers, as they continue making unfounded claims about a “worker shortage,” Breitbart Texas reported. The H-2B visa is for non-agricultural, low-skilled seasonal work, supplying resorts, hotels and the seafood and landscaping industry with thousands of cheap, foreign employees. Every year, 66,000 H-2B jobs are given and this year,...
  • Paul Ryan Expands H-2B Blue-Collar Outsourcing Program for 2017

    05/01/2017 11:01:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 1, 2017 | Neil Munro
    House Speaker Paul Ryan’s new 2017 budget allows the Department of Homeland Security to import at least 20,000 extra foreign blue-collar workers for seasonal jobs in the Untied States, instead of requiring companies to recruit, train and pay marginalized Americans.
  • Speaker Ryan Retreats on H-2B Visa Outsourcing Program

    12/07/2016 12:31:19 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/7/2016 | Neil Munro
    GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have quietly ended an unpopular 2015 program to annually outsource another 198,000 blue-collar jobs to lower-paid foreign workers.
  • Donald Trump Taps Foreign Work Force for His Florida Club

    02/25/2016 5:36:01 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 92 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2016 | CHARLES V. BAGLI and MEGAN TWOHEY
    Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach describes itself as “one of the most highly regarded private clubs in the world,” and it is not just the very-well-to-do who want to get in. Since 2010, nearly 300 United States residents have applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers there. But according to federal records, only 17 have been hired. In all but a handful of cases, Mar-a-Lago sought to fill the jobs with hundreds of foreign guest workers from Romania and other countries. In his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, Mr. Trump has...
  • Donald Trump Turned Down 94.4% of American Job Applicants, Applied for 100s of 'H' Visas Instead

    02/25/2016 7:53:04 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 266 replies
    National Review ^ | 02.25.16 | Charles W. Cooke
    Donald J. Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach describes itself as "one of the most highly regarded private clubs in the world..." Since 2010, nearly 300 United States residents have applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers there. But according to federal records, only 17 have been hired. In all but a handful of cases, Mar-a-Lago sought to fill the jobs with hundreds of foreign guest workers from Romania and other countries.... So what's Trump's excuse? That's he's a businessman and that these are the realities on the ground? That, I'm afraid, won't wash. When...
  • Paul Ryan’s Christmas Warning: American Companies Will Shut Down Without More Foreign Workers

    12/24/2015 10:13:32 AM PST · by Rockitz · 96 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 23 Dec 2015 | Julia Hahn
    In a Tuesday morning interview with radio host Bill Bennett, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) defended his omnibus bill’s controversial expansion in the H-2B visa program, which would allow foreign workers to fill blue-collar American jobs, by arguing that if the provision were not included, American companies would be forced to shut their doors. Bennett pressed Ryan on the details of the H-2B visa expansion, slipped 700-pages into Ryan’s 2,009-page omnibus spending bill—asking Ryan directly, “Do you believe there are not enough Americans to fill these jobs?” In response, Ryan described the H-2B visa expansion as “a very small, discrete provision.”...