In a statement, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly said he consulted with Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta to determine that "there are not enough qualified and willing U.S. workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses in FY 2017".
DHS officials are billing the extra visas as being in line with the theme of the week, too: "This does help with American businesses continuing to prosper", one said. In May, Congress gave Kelly authority to approve up to about 70,000 additional temporary visas and lawmakers had pleaded with him to issue more of them.
H-2B visas allow non-agricultural workers to gain temporary employment in the United States if businesses are unable to find qualified USA workers.
This year's limit for H-2B visas is 66,000. Previous applicants who did not make the earlier cut-off for the fiscal year will have to reapply, the officials added, but if hired by the end of the fiscal year, they will be able to work past September 30.
An oceanside hotel near the Bush family property in Kennebunkport, Maine has had to close many of its rooms for the season in order to account for 75 staff positions that could not be filled with H2B visa workers, Hewins said.
"Though we fear this gesture may be too little too late for thousands of small businesses that rely on legal, highly vetted seasonal guest workers to meet their peak season needs, the additional visas may help save some small businesses this year", said the H2B Workforce Coalition, which is co-chaired by NALP, in a statement. In the past, Mr Trump claimed he had to hire foreign workers for Mar-a-Lago because American workers were not available during busy tourist seasons in Florida. They were part-time jobs. "We do think that fits into the American-first focus of the administration".
"Nationally, there isn't actual evidence of labor shortages people talk about", he said.
The hospitality industry, along with fisheries and others sectors, have actively lobbied for more temporary foreign workers.
Mike Hutt, director of the Virginia Seafood Council, said that crab and oyster companies on the Virginia coast provide much of the business for local boat and net manufacturers.