Please continue to Help #SaveH-2B
Congress is back in session this week. It is critical that your elected officials continue to hear from you about the need for immediate H-2B cap relief. As you know, the first 33,000-visa cap was reached on December 15 and the second half cap will be reached soon. Unless Congress acts promptly, many seasonal employers could be shut out of the H-2B program this year. Please ask your Senators and Representative to include H-2B cap relief in any upcoming appropriations bill and to speak personally to their party leaders about the need for cap relief.
Specifically, we hope you will take the following actions:
• Please call your Representative and Senators at their Washington, DC offices and stress the need for immediate cap relief. You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office ask to speak to the staff person who handles H-2B issues.
- Please call or visit in person with your Senators and Representatives at their district offices. You can find the local contact information for your Senators and Representative on their websites or through www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.
- Tweet at your Representative and Senators about the need for immediate cap relief using #SaveH2B. You can find their twitter address at: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members.
- Please also call and email the USCIS ombudsman’s office and encourage the Department of Homeland Security to support H-2B cap relief. The email address is email@example.com and the phone number is: 1-855-882-8100.
We know it is an extremely frustrating and time consuming to repeatedly make phone calls and visit your elected officials, but we will not succeed in getting cap relief signed into law unless everyone continues to take the time to weigh in with their lawmakers.
Your H-2B Workforce Coalition Co-Chairs
Laurie Flanagan, representing AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals
Gregg Hartley, representing the Outdoor Amusement Business Association