House to vote on bill containing returning worker exemption for H-2B Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:00 AM

The House Judiciary Committee issued a media release outlining H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act. According to the release, this bill contains a "Returning Worker Exemption for H-2B Visas: The bill now provides that any guestworker counted against the H-2B cap during either of the prior two fiscal years is not counted against the cap for the current fiscal year. The H-2B guest worker program is used by American employers to hire foreign workers for temporary and seasonal work, such as forestry, seafood processing, and other industries."

ALCC and the H-2B Workforce Coalition urge people to call in their support for this bill:

The House of Representatives plans to vote tomorrow on a compromise immigration bill offered by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), which would mandate that employers use e-verify to confirm the work eligibility of new employees. The bill includes a permanent H-2B worker exemption! It also includes a new ag worker bill, capped at 450,000 workers, nearly $25 billion for a border wall, additional limits legal and illegal immigration, a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and a reversal President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.

Please call your Representative TODAY and express your strong support for the H-2B cap relief provided in the legislation. You can reach your Representative through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office, as to speak to the staff person who handles immigration issues.  Thank you!

The specific language of the bill that involved the exemption is:

Amend section 214(g)(9)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(9)(A)) by striking “during fiscal year 2013, 2014, or 2015 shall not again be counted toward such limitation during fiscal year 2016” and insert “during one or more of the prior two fiscal years shall not again be counted toward such limitation during the current fiscal year.”

Read the full release.

Read the bill summary.

Read the bill amendment that includes the returning worker exemption.