Senators write letter expressing concerns over H-2B visa cap
A bipartisan group of 31 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly.
The letter expresses concerns that the H-2B visa statutory cap will be reached soon.
H-2B is a visa program allowing U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs.
Among these senators were Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Senator Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware and Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland.
The senators ask Kelly to conduct an audit to determine the number of unused visas and to make those unused visas available to eligible workers.
Currently, Congress has set the cap at 66,000 visas per fiscal year.
The senators say the 33,000 visa cap, for the first half of the fiscal year has already been met.
The letter expresses concern that employers in need for labor later than the fiscal dates could be out of luck as well as small and seasonal businesses across the country will likely be locked out of this program.