Rep. Curtis sends letter to increase guest worker cap

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WASHINGTON DC (ABC4 News) – Utah Representative, John Curtis, sent a letter to Congress Wednesday advocating to increase the current cap on migrant guest worker visas issued in the country.

He wants to attach it to the upcoming spending bill to fund the federal government. 

In the letter, Rep. Curtis cites numbers from Department of Labor that show it received nearly 97,000 applications for only 33,000 visas that were available in the second half of 2018 before the application system crashed.

He calls that system failure a “direct and predictable result of Congress’ inability to address the insufficient availability” of these guest worker visas. 

Rep. Curtis says the H-2B visa program is “critical for Utah” and the current cap of 66,000 workers is a number that hasn’t seen a major change in decades.

“Continuing with the status quo of failing to reform the H-2B program will only result in more closures or scalebacks,” said Curtis in a statement. 

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