Maryland Seafood Industry
Maryland Seafood Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will release an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year 2022. These visas are vital to the small businesses that make up Maryland’s crab and seafood industries, and the supplemental release follows efforts from the Senators to press DHS to provide more visas after only one of Maryland’s ten crab processors was selected to receive them. The Senators also worked to secure language with the fiscal year 2022 omnibus to provide DHS with the authority to release additional visas.

“The small businesses that make up Maryland’s crab and seafood industries are vital to our local Shore economy and our communities. Having a reliable workforce is crucial to their success, and the H-2B visa program is essential to building and maintaining that workforce. That is why we’ve fought to deliver additional visas for our Maryland businesses – including by securing language in this year’s funding bill to ensure DHS had the authority to take action. We’re glad to see them heed our calls to provide these additional visas, and we urge them to get the visas out as quickly as possible to the businesses that need them. Together, we will continue working towards a long-term legislative solution to both uphold worker rights andbring more certainty to this program that Maryland’s seafood small businesses rely on,” the Senators said.

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  1. Having a reliable [extremely cheap imported] workforce is crucial to their success [since Americans can’t work for pennies on the dollar], and the H-2B visa program is essential to building and maintaining that workforce [as well as generating the highest possible profits for the business owners).

    There, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, fixed that press release for ya.

  2. Maybe you should look up what the H-2B visa program is and it’s wage criteria? You clearly have not done so.

  3. 35,000? Are they kidding? There aren’t any where near that many seafood jobs needed, maybe one tenth that. Again this is Democrats overwhelming the system to corrupt it. We have illegals everywhere. They need jobs. Cardin and Van Hoolinare doing more than their part destroying the culture of this nation.

    1. You’re right David. And I’ll bet they all get registered to vote too! Nothing is “off the table” when it comes to evil, crooked democrats. You see how nicely it coincides with our election year…

      1. Good Lord, Archie. The visas are temporary and only last thru 9-30-2022. You would sound a lot less stupid if you would take 5 seconds to look up a topic BEFORE you post.

  4. Good lord. The 35,000 Visas are nationwide…not just for the crab houses on the Eastern Shore of MD.

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