The Department of Homeland Security will increase the amount of temporary seasonal worker visas by 15,000 for the rest of the fiscal year, DHS officials announced Monday. But senior DHS officials assured reporters on a briefing about the change that it is completely in line with the president's nationalistic stance.
"This is yet another example of the administration and Congress failing to keep the Trump campaign promise of putting American workers first", he said. "This does help with American businesses continuing to prosper".
Resorts, hotels, restaurants and other service-sector businesses say they depend on the foreign workers because it is harder to recruit young Americans for the jobs paying $10-$15 an hour for up to four months in the summer.
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The visa expansion might not be large enough to satisfy some companies in need of workers.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said this is aimed mainly at better tracking visa overstays and also at tightening security.
Congress gave Kelly authority to authorize additional visas earlier this year and he said in May he planned to grant at least some additional visas. Texas plays an outsized role, as Lone Star State companies - landscapers, in particular - accounted for about 15 percent of the positions certified a year ago. First, though, they will need to attest that they would suffer irreparable harm if they can't hire the foreign workers they are requesting. The businesses are also required to have documents that would prove their need, though they do not have to submit them along with their petition to receive the additional visas.