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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Rep. Harris Issues Statement on Release of Additional H-2B Visas

May 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 25, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the Department of Homeland Security would issue an additional 15,000 H-2B visas this year. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement in support of the announcement:

“I am grateful for Secretary Nielsen’s assistance in addressing the current labor shortage on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. As American unemployment has dropped, demand for temporary seasonal workers has increased dramatically. Maryland’s seafood processing industry and other seasonal industries are suffering without the temporary workers who come to the U.S. through the H-2B visa program. While the extra 15,000 visas announced today won’t accommodate full demand this year, these additional visas are significant progress while Congress seeks a long-term solution to reform the H-2B program. Congress failed to raise the program’s visa limit this year, and we must reform the program to accommodate demand and keep America’s small seasonal businesses open.”