Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, has once again given seasonal businesses a government subsidy in the form of additional cheap foreign workers. Mayorkas will use authority delegated to him by Congress to make 35,000 additional H-2B visas available for low-skilled, non-agricultural workers, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
In response to increased demand for temporary workers, the Biden administration announced on Thursday that it would make an additional 35,000 seasonal worker visas available for American businesses to hire foreign workers ahead of the summer months.
Congress authorizes 66,000 non-agricultural, seasonal foreign workers per fiscal year under the Immigration and Nationality Act, with 33,000 available for the first half (October 1 to March 31) and 33,000 plus any unused first-half slots available for the second half (October 1 to March 31). (April 1 to September 30).
Mayorkas announced in December 2021 that an additional 20,000 H-2B visas would be available for first-half employers, citing legal authority that was dubious at best. This action made 53,000 H-2B visas available between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, a 60% increase over the statutory limit.
Now, before the second half of the fiscal year has even begun, Mayorkas is giving employers the opportunity to hire 68,000 total H-2Bs, more than double the statutory allotment of 33,000. Of the 35,000 extra workers made available, 11,500 are reserved for aliens from Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The administration has made this carve-out before, but when they go unutilized (because employers tend to hire Mexicans and Jamaicans for H-2B labor) they eventually drop the nation-based limitation, ensuring the maximum number are issued.
Because many second-half firms are not yet qualified to apply for H-2B employees, and there is no evidence that the second-half cap has been reached, the timing of this news is noteworthy. The Department of Labor conducts a labor market examination for the H-2B program, known as the Temporary Labor Certification (TLC). Employers can file for free, and the procedure is so rife with loopholes that the Department of Labor virtually rubber-stamps every TLC that comes across its desk. Employers who haven’t even started the TLC process now have the information that there are more low-cost foreign workers available, decreasing any incentive to hunt for American workers.
Mayorkas’ foresight allows seasonal firms to avoid recruiting Americans by promising higher salary and working conditions. Instead, the federal government will fund failed business models or just enrich businesses by allowing them to hire more low-wage foreign workers than they would otherwise be able to. The H-2B employer data portal supplied by USCIS, as David North pointed out last year, illustrates the “bargain rates” (read: sub-market or cheap) that the government allows firms to pay H-2B workers.
Secretary Mayorkas’ use of H-2B supplementary authority twice this fiscal year follows his decision in April to hire 22,000 H-2Bs for the second half of fiscal year 2021. Secretary Mayorkas has granted 77,000 H-2Bs beyond the annual cap of 66,000 in less than 13 months.
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As unvetted and infected immigrants continue to invade America’s southern border, and before the second wave of dishwashers, landscapers, and harvest field hands are expected to arrive, “Mayorkas is giving employers the opportunity to hire 68,000 total H-2Bs, more than double the statutory allotment of 33,000.”
Joe Biden hopes that they’ll all vote Democrat in November.
Human rights advocates are grinning from ear-to-ear as they note that out of “the 35,000 extra workers made available, 11,500 are reserved for aliens from Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.” These landscapers bring their own machetes. Don’t be frightened by all those MS-13 tattoos. Biden, progressives note, “has made this carve-out before.”
That’s why Mexicans and Jamaicans hate him so much. The Mara Salvatrucha gang bangers and voodoo zombies are greasing them out of their gigs. Without these added special visas, “employers tend to hire Mexicans and Jamaicans for H-2B labor.”
Everyone is wondering why Biden is making the announcement now. The “timing of this announcement is significant because many second-half employers are not even eligible yet to petition for H-2B workers and there is no indication that the second-half cap was already met.”
It looks a lot like the administration is trying to find pigeonholes for when the invasion ramps up to maximum with the end of Title 42 repression.