Bill Roundup: H-2B Cap Relief, Heightened Asylum Standards

By Nicole Narea (January 16, 2019, 9:40 PM EST) -- In the opening days of the new Congress, lawmakers introduced legislation tackling H-2B temporary non-agricultural visas, sanctuary city policies, asylum standards, and alternatives to immigration detention. Here, Law360 examines their proposals.

Relief From the H-2B Visa Cap

Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota introduced a bill on Tuesday to prioritize states with low unemployment rates for allocation of H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker visas. The current annual statutory cap is 66,000 H-2B visas nationwide.

States with unemployment rates of at most 3.5 percent would be able to seek an additional 2,500 H-2B visas that are not subject to the statutory cap....

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