The Biden administration’s transfer to boost the ceiling on H-2B seasonal work visas has angered a number of the president’s most loyal supporters. With tens of millions of Americans unemployed, 10 labor unions warn that the choice so as to add 22,000 slots to the present 66,000 annual H-2B allotment will “expose more workers to the egregious abuses that pervade the program.”
Expanding H-2B is a perverse response to the White House’s self-inflicted border disaster. As oncoming waves of asylum seekers are issued work authorization papers, they are going to be attempting to find jobs. The H-2B classes of semi-skilled, non-agricultural labor – including landscaping, horse training, fisheries, restaurants, the hospitality industry and even carnivals — are prime targets.
But accommodating one unhealthy coverage (open borders) with one other simply compounds the issue. As the AFL-CIO has famous: “The H-2B program displaces U.S. workers, lowers wages and exposes foreign workers to exploitation.”
FAIR referred to as the administration’s motion “nothing short of a kick in the teeth to the blue-collar workers President Biden claims to champion.”
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Trades Unions, United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE HERE and greater than a
half-dozen different unions need to “revamp the H-2B system to supply enhanced
employee protections.” These may embody denying H-2B certifications in
industries with an unemployment charge exceeding 6 p.c, and barring employers
who violate wage and security legal guidelines.
While the unions seem content material to tinker across the margins, unemployment within the bottom quartile of the labor pool stays painfully excessive. Infusing this struggling sector of the financial system with extra unskilled out of the country staff is each nonsensical and abusive.
The administration put out
the standard blather about requiring employers to certify that U.S. staff are
not obtainable, however there’s zero likelihood this requirement can be enforced. The
actuality is that Americans must compete with a further 22,000
out of the country staff who can legally take their jobs.
“American voters turned to
Joe Biden final November to unify our nation and lead us out of a historic
disaster. It’s laborious to think about that chaotic borders and a wholesale giveaway of
American jobs is what that they had in thoughts,” mentioned FAIR President Dan Stein.