From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
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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.