Congress recently approved an expansion of the H2B program from 66,000 to 135,000 visas this year. However, the actual expansion is at the discretion of Homeland Security.
I encourage DHS secretary John F. Kelly not to expand the program. Businesses which complain about a lack of workers usually are paying too low a wage or have bad working conditions, or are deliberately manipulating the hiring process to screen out Americans so that they can qualify for foreign workers who are cheaper and less willing to complain about bad conditions.
In places such as Bar Harbor, businesses are already turning to local labor. We need to continue this trend, not undermine it with increased H2B visas.
Please reject any expansion of H2B.