For Struggling Businesses, DHS Lifts Restriction on Hiring Foreign Workers

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

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.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies on the other hand argued, that instead of "propping up unsustainable businesses by allowing them to become so dependent on foreign workers", the Trump administration should consider providing incentives that promote employers to hire the "hundreds of thousands" of Americans that are looking for entry-level work.

News reports that federal law caps the number available at 66,000 a year nationwide.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly faced questions on the topic when he testified on Capitol Hill last month.

According to a statement from the DHS, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Labor Secretary Acosta found that there were not enough "qualified and willing" USA workers to fill businesses' needs. "Congress gave me the opportunity to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers", said Homeland Secretary John Kelly in a statement. Most of the American businesses, in particularly, those in the Silicon Valley say that there is a huge shortage of highly skilled people in the U.S. and have been urging the Trump administration to increase the visa cap. USCIS will stop accepting petitions after September 15 or after the cap is reached, whichever occurs first.

"If there aren't enough workers to come in here legally, we're going to have a weak economy, and we're going to lose segments of the economy we have that already depend on these workers", Hutt said. These issues generally go unreported for fear that their visas will be revoked.

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Businesses have been vocal in demanding an expansion of the H-2B program, saying there are not enough American workers to fill the temporary jobs they need to operate. United States businesses hire people from Latin American countries. Congress has set the annual H-2B cap at 66,000. They are only allowed to legally stay in the USA if they are employed when given this visa.

While he was still serving in the Senate, Attorney General Jeff Sessions past year sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking them not to dramatically increase the number of H-2B visas as the House had done in a temporary spending bill.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen.

Congress paved the way to increasing the number of H-2B workers in May when it passed an omnibus budget to avoid a government shutdown.

The development comes as US President Donald Trump has declared this week as "Made In America" week and vowed to stand up for the US workers.

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