Oppose American-worker-harming provisions in the spending bill

According to the Washington Times, Congressional Republicans are working with the pro-foreign worker business lobby to make it even more difficult for less-educated and lower-skilled Americans to find work. I urge you not to increase H-2B visas during the lame duck and to oppose a provision that would lift the per-country caps for employment-based green cards.

Staff members from four Republican Members of Congress have signed a formal memorandum of understanding to double the number the number of H-2B visas issued to foreign workers, from 66,000 to 132,000 per year.

While resorts and fisheries tend to receive most of the attention, landscapers receive the largest share of H-2B visas, accounting for at least half of the 66,000 visas issued each year. These employers claim that they can’t find American workers to do these jobs, but 66% of landscapers are native-born, dispelling the myth that Americans won’t do these jobs. What is clear is that Americans will work these jobs for fair wages.

I am worried that the anti-American worker lobby, knowing that there may not be the will to risk a partial government shutdown over the issue, will try to use the upcoming DHS appropriations bill to force an increase in H-2B numbers. A similar tactic was used to force H-2B-increasing language into the July DHS spending bill.

Furthermore, there is bipartisan support to include H.R. 392 in the upcoming spending bill that would lift the per-country caps for employment-based green cards. I’m worried that this provision may lead to a future increase in the number of employment-based green cards.

I hope you will do all you can to support less-educated and lower-skilled American workers by opposing all efforts to increase H-2B visa numbers and to oppose the inclusion of H.R. 392 in the spending bill.

Phone me if you would like to talk about this,

Greg Raven, Apple Valley, CA

Greg Raven

Author: Greg Raven

I am deeply concerned about quality of life issues.