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The Trump administration’s record of enforcing immigration laws and delivering the lowest unemployment rate since 2000 is creating big demand for H-2 visas for seasonal guest workers.
Illegal immigration tends to increase in the spring, as demand for farm workers and unskilled workers accelerates. With enhanced enforcement from the deployment of National Guard units this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that 40,344 individuals had been apprehended for illegal entry along America’s southwestern border in May, compared with 38,278 in April and 37,385 in March.
DHS - Press - Secretary - Tyler - Q
DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said in a statement: “These numbers show that while the Trump administration is restoring the rule of law, it will take a sustained effort and continuous commitment of resources over many months to disrupt cartels, smugglers, and nefarious actors.”
Trump’s focus on immigration enforcement and job growth has forced employers to raise wages and look for more U.S. workers. Some are also hoping to use the H-2 visa program, which provides temporary workers with six-month visas.
March - Administration - Guest-worker - Positions - Number
Since March 30, the administration has certified another 32,084 guest-worker positions, expanding the number of six-month H-2A farm worker visas to 113,432. That is up 40 percent from the...
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