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US intensifies clampdown on Nigerians, Brazilians, others with overstayed visas

Temporary workers at seasonal resorts as well as in landscaping, seafood harvesting and processing are among those eligible, the government said.

Local economies in parts of New England and the Great Lakes rely on the program to cope with a major surge in business over the summer. First, though, they will need to attest that they would suffer irreparable harm if they can't hire the foreign workers they are requesting.

"The fact that more than 700,000 visits were overstayed a year ago shows just how much we need to step up interior enforcement to create more of a deterrent, not only by identifying and deporting overstays, but by weakening the job magnet by cracking down on employers who hire illegal workers", she said. "You're standing on your feet in the heat of the kitchen peeling onions and washing dishes until 2 in the morning".

The department met its cap for the visa applications in March.

Many seasonal businesses and members of Congress have pleaded with Kelly to issue the visas, citing an urgent need for workers.

NumbersUSA, an organization that opposes additional immigration, urged the administration not to increase the number of H-2B visas.

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"There are still so many hotels and restaurants that have been impacted by this in a negative way", Steve Hewins, president of the Maine Innkeepers Association said after Monday's decision.

The way Trump spoke on the campaign trail, one would expect him to limit the number of available H-2B visas, thereby forcing employers to raise wages until local, US -born workers were willing to take the jobs. Congress earlier this year had authorized the DHS to offer up to 64,000 more H2B visas, but it was up Homeland Security secretary John Kelly to decide exactly how many to grant.

Last year, the federal government allowed 13,382 additional visas beyond the statutory cap to meet seasonal demand.

This may seem out of line with United States president Donald Trump's "Hire American" initiative, and his efforts to reduce or delay visas for skilled foreign workers.

In May, Congress passed a bill instructing the DHS secretary to consult with the Department of Labor to determine if the government should increase the number of temporary nonagricultural work visas available until the end of the fiscal year.

"This does help with American businesses continuing to prosper", the official said.

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