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Texas Green Industry Needs FY 2020 H-2B Cap Relief!
You can join in the fight for H-2B cap relief by sending a message from this page to your congressman asking them to sign onto the Congressional letter urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release more H-2B visas

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Background: Congressional leadership passed the major funding bills in December, including one for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which authorized an additional 64,000 H-2B visas.  In the last 3 years,we have been successful in getting some of those additional visas released but often too little or too late.  We need to have DHS release the full amount of the visas now since the cap has been met and the need far outweighs the current cap.  

Reps. Harris (R-MD), Pingree (D-ME), Bergman (D-MI) and Keating (D-MA) and Senators King (I-ME) and Rounds (R-SD) are circulating a letter directed at DHS and need all members of Congress to sign on in support.  Please message your congressman now and ask them to join on. 

Why H-2B - The Texas green industry is struggling with record low unemployment and a worker shortage which limit the ability for companies to complete their contracts and stay open for business.  Additionally the federal H-2B visa program, a non-immigrant seasonal labor program, has an arbitrary annual cap of 66,000 visas which restricts the number of companies who can participate.  Companies can only use the H-2B program if there is a certified inability to find local labor and last year the DOL certified over 147,000 positions, double the cap!  The number of visas available in the program should match the true need of the US and Texas economy.  Today each H-2B worker creates or supports 4.64 American jobs, including American managers, crew leaders, supervisors, and administrative positions. Without the necessary H-2B visas, American companies and employee will suffer.
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