WASHINGTON, D.C. – While it’s still early, green industry insiders believe that landscape contractors who rely on the H-2B guest worker program are in for a rough time under the Trump Administration.
In a recent memo to state associations, Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort’s Senior Vice President for Industry Advocacy & Research, lists several indicators pointing to a rough time for H-2B users.
Demand for H-2B guest works has never been higher, with the first half-year cap of 33,000 visas being reached in January of this year. Many landscape contractors who rely on H-2B will not get their workers this spring.
Senior policy advisors within the Trump Administration have fanned the rhetorical flames about foreign workers stealing American jobs, and they are hard at work crafting a slew of business-hostile executive orders.
There is a developing war between the Trump Administration and technology companies over the H-1B program, a guest worker program that companies use to hire workers for technology jobs. Trump vowed to eliminate the H-1B program during the campaign, a pledge that he appears to be on track to fulfill.
Congress is paralyzed over any issue remotely connected to immigration reform or guest worker programs, so there will be no help from that quarter.
Making matters worse, the second-half-year H-2B cap was reached in mid-March, leaving many landscape contractors high and dry without their H-2B workers. Many are turning down work because they cannot get workers.
AmericanHort and other H-2B users are planning a fly-in/drive-in to Washington, D.C. on April 26 to make our case to Congress on the plight of the industry. Please make your voice heard and join us! Click here to contact Gregg Robertson at PLNA by email for details on the drive-in.