U.S. to admit 15000 additional temporary workers this year: DHS

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"Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses at risk of significant harm due to a lack of available seasonal workers", said DHS Secretary John Kelly in a statement Monday. The government generally offers 66,000 such visas a year.

President Trump previously attacked the use of foreign workers in campaign speeches, but DHS press secretary David Lapan insisted to reporters that this move "absolutely" fits in with the "America First" agenda.

Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Centre for Immigration Studies, said those kinds of rates should force a rethink at the State Department, which issues visas, and should spur immigration officials to put more effort into deterring and deporting overstays in the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security will up the amount of visas for seasonal workers by 15,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year, The Daily Caller reports.

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Josh Bass, president of the Currituck Chamber of Commerce, which covers the northern section of North Carolina´s popular Outer Banks Atlantic seashore, said the shortage of H-2B visas had made things for hard for local businesses, and caused at least one to shut down.

"As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap", Kelly said in a statement.

Congress in May struck a bipartisan deal to potentially make available an additional 70,000 visas available.

Holiday vacation destinations around the United States - including President Donald Trump´s own Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida - depend on tens of thousands of temporary workers in the summer and winter, many of them young people from eastern Europe and Asia. "They were part-time jobs".