Tuesday, August 6, 2019

U.S. Trades More H-2A Visas to Guatemala in Swap for Migration Crackdown

The White House announced it is helping Guatemala get more H-2A farm worker visas amid growing efforts by pro-migration groups to break Guatemala’s new anti-migration deal with the United States.
The July 26 anti-migration deal spotlights how the White House’s top aides are using many levers of government to curb the migration wave through Central America.
The H-2A side deal will help the Guatemalan economy by allowing more Guatemalan workers to take seasonal agriculture jobs in the United States for up to ten months each year. U.S. officials are also offering roughly $200 million in financial aid to the Guatemalan government, which will be expected to process asylum claims by migrants who cross Guatemala on their way to the U.S. border.
Nearly all migrants who reach the U.S. southern border first go through Guatemala. The nation occupies the land bridge to South America, just south of Mexico.
The H-2A side deal was announced via Twitter:
Big news: The Trump Administration has signed an agreement with Guatemala to improve the H-2A visa program, protecting workers from illegal recruitment activities and providing our farmers with a stable, legal workforce!

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 1, 2019
The H-2A program provides seasonal labor to agriculture employers — but it also suppresses wages for Americans working in related areas.
The uncapped program is growing rapidly, in part, because voters oppose various proposals to amnesty illegals or raise the huge annual inflow of legal immigrants.
The program imported 165,000 temporary workers in 2016, and 242,000 in the year up to October 2018.
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