Documenting seasonal employers efforts to recruit American workers displaced by COVID-19, part one in a multi-part series

Seasonal employers, like most American businesses, have suffered economic harm due to the shutdowns implemented in response to COVID-19. The impact to each occupation varies widely. The outdoor amusement industry is at a standstill as most carnivals and fairs are cancelled for the near future.  Currently, many hotels have closed,...

An open letter to President Trump and his administration

We first want to thank the Administration for recognizing the labor shortage for seasonal employers. We do anything and everything to hire Americans first but in the current economy, there are not enough Americans to fill all the short-term, seasonal jobs. The opponents of the program have argued that releasing...

Report from Honduras, increasing H-2B program participants reduces illegal immigration

The Administration has placed a priority on reducing the flow of illegal immigration from Central America, specifically El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. In order to obtain cooperation from the Northern Triangle countries to reduce illegal immigration, the Administration froze their foreign aid. This led to extensive negotiations between the countries...

Numbers USA encourages U.S. employers to hire illegal aliens

A recent article by Chris Chmielenski, Deputy Director at Numbers USA, claims that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, is working behind the scenes to release more H-2B visas at the expense of American workers. While reasonable minds may disagree on the merits of temporary, non-immigrant guest worker...

SEA Iowa tour

We have previously mentioned that Senator Grassley (R-IA), given his position as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will play an outsized role in determining the Senate's version of H-2B cap relief. The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the H-2B program. There are only about 30 H-2B employers in Iowa,...