Immigration Brief: The H-2B Visa - Jobs Americans Will Do

By Mark Krikorian and Bryan Griffith on April 15, 2020

A new video from the Center for Immigration Studies highlights the H-2B visa program, which allows employers to bring in 66,000 foreign workers for non-agricultural, low skilled, seasonal jobs every year. The Department of Homeland Security announced in March the visa cap being raised to allow in 35,000 additional foreign workers. After much pushback, due in large part to the coronavirus’ impact on unemployment, the administration suspended this increase in April.

Mark Krikorain, the Center’s executive director, describes the types of jobs H-2B workers fill, their impact on American workers’ wages, and the President’s authority to limit their admittance if “detrimental to the interest of the United States.”