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Employers, Visa Opponents Trade Blame for Seasonal Jobs Unfilled

Sept. 22, 2020, 7:47 PM

Companies that employ seasonal guest workers on H-2B visas say they still can’t find U.S. workers to do these jobs despite massive unemployment triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at a roundtable hosted by the Seasonal Employment Alliance, employers from the landscaping, masonry, and quarry industries recounted how their increased efforts to recruit U.S. workers have not produced the number of seasonal workers they need to keep their companies in business after the government paused the visa program.

In April, the Department of Homeland Security delayed indefinitely the disbursement of an extra 35,000 H-2B visas that had been earmarked ...