From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
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Date: 6/20/2016

BRIEFING: Appropriations Attacks–Defending U.S. and H-2B Workers from Exploitation
TOMORROW: Tuesday, June 21 @11:30 AM
Cannon House Office Building 421
Dear Colleague:
By now you should have received an invitation to attend a congressional briefing hosted by the International Labor Recruitment Working Group entitled, “Defending U.S. and H-2B Workers from Exploitation.”
The H-2B visa program provides businesses across the United States with qualified, temporary workers who serve an integral part of our nation’s economy. H-2B workers typically
work in seasonal industries such as landscaping, construction and golf course management, in addition to year-round industries like hospitality.

A year ago, the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security jointly issued two H-2B rules: one on wages and another mandating that employers seeking H-2B workers obtain certification that they have met certain program requirements intended to protect both U.S.
and migrant workers from abuses. The rules created a national registry of all H-2B job postings to help U.S. workers learn about available temporary jobs and extended wage guarantees to migrant workers.

Unfortunately, these new rules came under attack in the FY16 appropriations process, and face the possibility of being blocked again in the FY17 appropriations process. Without the new safeguards, many H-2B visa holders, who already face the stark choice between
staying with an abusive employer or being deported, must remain in low-paying jobs with few protections, the equivalent of indentured servitude. 

Elizabeth Mauldin, Policy Director, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
Meredith Stewart, Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
Kate O’Neil, Researcher, UNITE HERE
Representative, AFL-CIO
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Raúl M. Grijalva                                                          Keith Ellison                  
Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus             Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus