Chuck Grassley

Trump administration permits 15,000 new foreign worker visas that could benefit crab industry

Trump administration permits 15,000 new foreign worker visas that could benefit crab industry

The Trump administration will permit 15,000 more foreign workers to enter the United States this year under a visa program that Maryland’s seafood industry has described as vital to its survival but that has drawn mounting criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.

Crab-picking and oyster-shucking houses on the Eastern Shore have relied on a small number of foreign workers allowed into the country each year on H-2B visas. The visas permit foreigners to take temporary jobs in landscaping, at amusement parks or in other seasonal work. Those workers return to their country when the season ends.

The decision to expand the controversial program came as a surprise, given...

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