H-2B visas and labor shortages: Latest data do not justify a cap increase | Economic Policy Institute

The latest data on wages and unemployment suggest that the labor market still has a lot of slack in the biggest H-2B occupations, which points to the high likelihood that there are many United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform H-2B jobs. Given this likelihood, the Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal 2017 expansion—by 15,000 visas—of a guestworker program as flawed as the H-2B program is ill-advised. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor should be focusing their resources and staff time on program oversight, on rooting out bad-actor employers who violate H-2B rules, and on protecting the migrant workers who come to the United States in search of better opportunities through the H-2B program—not on processing more visas for H-2B employers.

Source: H-2B visas and labor shortages: Latest data do not justify a cap increase | Economic Policy Institute

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