WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) released the following statement applauding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to allocate 30,000 additional H-2B Visas for the remainder of fiscal year 2019.

“After hearing concerns from Seventh District constituents and business owners, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues in requesting the Department of Homeland Security release additional temporary, non-immigrant H-2B visas. Seasonal businesses contribute significantly to our local and national economy, so it is essential they have access to employees that allow them to keep their doors open. I applaud Secretary Nielson’s decision to allocate an addition 30,000 H-2B visas and will continue to work to advance common sense immigration policies that support American businesses and workers and will keep our economy buzzing.”   

Read the letter to DHS here.

Read the response from DHS here.