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Thursday, October 05, 2017
New evidence that claims of a worker shortage are false
Employers fail to fill up H-2B visa expansion suggesting their claims of a worker shortage are false
years, we've heard the cries from employers who claim they can't find
enough American workers to fill temporary and seasonal jobs across the
country. But when it came time to prove their claims were real, they
may remember that Congress authorized then-DHS Secretary John Kelly
earlier this year to increase the number of H-2B visas by around 70,000
for the 2017 fiscal year. The H-2B visa is mostly used by landscaping,
hospitality and food service industries to fill jobs that are seasonal
or temporary in nature.
to the disappointment of the employers, Kelly made only 15,000 of the
70,000 available. And we learned this week, that U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services has stopped accepting applications after receiving
just 13,534 applications.
The same employers who complained that the increase was too small couldn't file enough applications to fill it!
did add two extra hurdles for employers who wanted the extra foreign
workers. First, they were required to demonstrate that their business
would "suffer irreparable harm" if they didn't get more foreign workers.
Second, they had to show that they exhausted every attempt to recruit
American workers. Based on those requirements, it's entirely possible
that not all of those 13,534 applications will actually get approved.
from both the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Immigration
Studies suggests that there is no labor shortage in the industries that
most rely on H-2B visas. The fact that employers couldn't use the full
15,000 additional visas proves their point and shows that employers
really don't need foreign workers; they just prefer them over American workers.
can only hope that Congress learns from this lesson and will reject
future calls from employers to increase the number of foreign guest
workers. Of course, Congress tends to have a short memory, so it will
require your activism efforts to remind them of this most recent event.
the months leading up to Pres. Trump's decision to end the
unconstitutional DACA executive amnesty, his administration approved
5,860 new DACA applications between April 1 and June 30 and approved
stands out most, however, is the number of denials. The Trump
administration denied 32% of the initial applications where a decision
was made. The denial rate is nearly double the rate for all of 2016.
While our hope was for Pres. Trump to end the DACA amnesty back in
January, if there is a bright side, it's that his administration added
more scrutiny to the applications and approved fewer requests.
NumbersUSA mobile apps see an early retirement
for those of you who use the NumbersUSA mobile apps, they won't be
around much longer. Our engineering department has decided to retire the
apps for a variety of reasons, but mostly because our membership growth
has outpaced our ability to adequately maintain the apps.
Don't worry, though. For those of you who have used our apps, our team of engineers is working on a solution. Please read a blog here from our Director of Technology, Josh Turcotte, for all the details.
Former Congressman Tom Tancredo penned an open letter to Pope Francis
this week, urging the Pontiff to concentrate on the generosity of the
American people, who welcome in more immigrants than any other nation,
and to defend the right of Americans to implement immigration laws
beneficial to the common good of the citizenry.
Reuters reported that data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) shows that between Jan.1 and Aug. 31 of this year,
USCIS issued 85,000 challenges or "requests for evidence" (RFEs) to H-1B
petitions. This is a 45% increase compared to the same period last year
which only issued around 59,000 RFEs.
A new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report shows
that between April 1 and June 31, 102,568 DACA applications were
approved. This is a slight decrease from the second quarter when 124,799
applications were approved.
President Donald J. Trump spoke at the UN General Assembly for the first
time today, and while he spoke on a great number of subjects, including
North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the Iran nuclear deal, the
president took time to speak in support of strong borders to control
mass immigration and in support of housing refugees close to their
countries of origin. On borders and immigration, President Trump said:
Ahoy from the engineering staff here at NumbersUSA. An untimely mismatch
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