The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has partnered with the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) to call on Congress to grant additional visas for seasonal workers needed by U.S. employers in landscaping and other seasonal industries.
USHCC Interim President & CEO Fernand Fernandez noted that “With an unemployment rate of 4 percent, our economy is facing labor shortages that are preventing American businesses from scaling. H-2B visas directly address this problem in a manner that increases wages for American workers while providing reputable employers access to needed willing workers.” NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües added, “This year the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has certified that there exists a bona fide shortage for more than 142,000 workers to fill seasonal jobs. Without access to seasonal workers, thousands of the nation’s leading landscape companies and other employers needing seasonal workers are forced to shrink operations and lay off American workers.”
Both organizations expressed support for reputable American seasonal employers and law abiding foreign workers in calling on Congress to pass adequate H-2B visa cap relief. To read the media release, please click here.