H2B Call to Action - November 1

Thursday, November 1, 2018

US CIS has already received applications for 20,733 H-2B workers, up 40% from the same time last year and 63% of the total number that are currently available for the first half of the fiscal year.

The statutory cap will be hitting very soon. Congress must pass a new spending bill for DHS (or another CR) by December 7th and that is our next opportunity to fix the problem.

Representatives Keating and Bergman are circulating the attached letter urging the House Leadership to act on the H-2B cap issue. They will continue circulating the letter and working to obtain a substantial number of signatures until election day, next Tuesday.

Listed below are the names of the members representatives who have signed onto the letter. If your member of Congress is listed, please contact them to thank them for supporting the H-2B program.
If your member of Congress’s name is NOT listed, please:

Please call your Representative and ask him or her to sign onto the attached H-2B letter that is currently being circulated by Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA). You can reach your Representative through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to your lawmaker’s office, ask to speak to the staff person who deals with H-2B visa issues. Explain to the staff person the importance of H-2B cap relief to your business and ask him or her to encourage your Representative to sign the Bergman-Keating letter.

Both the House and Senate are on recess until November 13. When Congress returns for a “lame duck” session it will focus on wrapping up the outstanding fiscal 2019 federal spending bills, including a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Department is currently funded by a continuing resolution through December 7.

The fiscal 2019 DHS appropriations bill provides the only real opportunity to pass H-2B cap relief before the end of the calendar year. We need your help to ensure that meaningful H-2B cap relief is included in the final measure.
Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA) are circulating the attached letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to include the H-2B cap relief in the fiscal 2019 House Appropriations Committee-passed DHS appropriations bill in a final spending bill that will be negotiated with the Senate during the lame duck session. Please call your representative today and ask him or her to sign this important letter.
The following Representatives have signed the letter as of this morning:

• Bergman
• Keating
• Bill Johnson
• Garret Graves
• Pingree
• Randy Hultgren
• John J. Faso
• Andy Harris, M.D.
• Mike Bishop
• Barbara Comstock
• Filemon Vela
• Billy Long
• Jaime Herrera Beutler
• Mike Coffman
• Diana DeGette
• Ann McLane Kuster
• Ted Yoho
• Rob Wittman
• Scott Tipton
• Leonard Lance
• Bob Gibbs
• David P. Joyce
• David B. McKinley, P.E.
• Ken Buck
• Doug Lamborn
• Don Young
• Tim Walberg
• Andy Barr
• Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
• Steve Stivers
• Clay Higgins
• Mark Sanford
• Warren Davidson
• Carol Shea-Porter
• Paul Mitchell
• Suzanne Bonamici
• Dave Trott
• Ann Wagner
• Ed Perlmutter
• Tom Rice
• Bruce Poliquin
• Susan W. Brooks

Donation to H2B Supporting Senate Judiciary Committee Member, Thom Tillis
Senator Thom Tillis is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is the committee that writes immigration law. He has been active, innovative, and supports the H-2B program and we need to make sure he understands how much is constant support means to the H-2B community.

Linked below is a notice concerning an important Fundraiser for Senator Thom Tillis. Jim Judkins will be leaving on November 7 to attend this fundraiser at Debbie & Corky Power’s home in Lumberton, North Carolina.

If it is possible for you to make a contribution please either:
  1. Write a personal check to: “The Thom Tillis Committee” and mail it to JKJ Workforce (with arrival on or before November 7) and I will take all of the checks to the event.

  2. Write a personal check to “The Thom Tillis Committee” and mail it directly to PO Box 97396, Raleigh, NC 27624 but make sure you scan and email a copy to so that we can make sure that the Senator is aware that the support is coming from the H-2B community

  3. Go online at where you can make a contribution using a credit card, but also please email a copy of the receipt/contribution so that we can let the Senator know where his support is coming from.