(WAVY) — A Virginia senator joined 188 colleagues addressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase the cap on temporary, non-agricultural visas given out in 2020.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) believes the increase is vital to ensuring small, seasonal employers across Virginia can sustain their businesses. Sen. Warner used the seafood industry as the main example of the importance of increased allocation of the H-2B visas.
He believes it is critical for the family-owned seafood businesses, adding that it guarantees a labor force they would need during peak seasons.
“Without immediate and meaningful H-2B cap relief, seasonal businesses will be forced to scale back operations, cancel or default on contracts, lay off full-time U.S. workers and, in some cases, close operations completely,”Mark Warner | Democratic Virginia Senator
Other Virginia senators that signed off on the letter include U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA).
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