The Seasonal Employment Alliance (SEA) was established in 2017. SEA’s primary focus is the application of persistent grassroots advocacy of Congress and the Administration. SEA has spearheaded the grassroots effort to communicate to Congress the critical labor needs of our members, including driving and arranging Hill meetings with SEA members’ Representatives, summarizing and disseminating the intelligence gained back to our members, and importantly – driving the appropriate follow up with every member of Congress. SEA created and maintains a comprehensive database that tracks these efforts. This information allows us to better hold our Members of Congress accountable and more precisely directs our lobbying activities.
Our revamped organization, and the H-2B industry, now has a dedicated, first-class support team whose sole focus is the application of persistent, grassroots oriented H-2B advocacy. Significantly increasing H-2B program user participation in our advocacy efforts is a priority for our new organization and is essential to achieving both short-term and long-term program reforms including cap relief.
We have made tremendous progress since SEA was founded in late 2017 including:
· Doubled the number of supporters of the H-2B program in the House and Senate
o Number of signatories on pro-H-2B House letters have increased from 40-50 to over 100
o Number of signatories on pro-H-2B Senate letters have increased from 15 or 20 signatories to 35-40
· Obtained a record 199 signatories on the January 27, 2020 bicameral letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf
o 151 House members
o 38 Senators
· Obtained cap relief language included in the FY19 and FY20 House Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) appropriations bills;
· In 2018 we negotiated language with the Senate that would have permanently doubled the cap. It would have been signed into law if the government had not shut down in December 2018;
· Convinced the Trump Administration to release an additional 30,000 visas for FY19, the most significant cap relief since 2007.
We will continue to advocate to improve the dependability, efficiency and long-term viability of the H-2B Program.