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Urgent Action Requested on H-2B Cap Relief

The latest DOL filing numbers and unemployment figures demonstrate the clear need for additional H-2B visas this year. The Department of Labor announced on January 4, that it received a total of 7,875 H-2B applications requesting 136,555 H-2B workers for the second half cap. These numbers clearly demonstrate the need for the Administration to immediately release all legally authorized supplemental visas for both the first and second half caps, as well as for Congress to pass immediate H-2B cap relief in the form of an H-2B returning worker exemption.

We need your help to share this message with Congress. Please do the following activities:

· Call your Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor the “H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act” (HR 3897). You can reach your Representative through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles immigration policy issues. Explain the importance of cap relief to your business and your U.S. workers. Please also mention that the bill includes important program integrity measures, including increasing enforcement and penalties against employers that knowingly violate the law.

· If your Representative is one of the original sponsors of the legislation -- Reps. Cuellar, Keating, Pingree, Joyce, Chabot, and Harris – please call and say thank you. Do not call if you are not a constituent!

· Call your two Senators and express support for “H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act” (HR 3897). Explain that you would like to see this important legislation introduced in the Senate because of the importance of cap relief to your business and your U.S. workers. Mention that the bill includes important program integrity measures, including increasing enforcement and penalties against employers that knowingly violate the law.

· Email your elected officials using the form on this page. You can automatically send a pre-drafted email to your elected officials in the Senate and the House urging their support to this vital H-2B reform legislation.