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Trump administration to sharply limit skilled-worker visas

Oct. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced plans Tuesday to sharply limit visas for skilled workers from overseas, a move officials said was a priority amid job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor officials said new rules for what's...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019, photo, Leo Wang packs a suitcase at his home in San Jose, Calif. Wang has found himself trapped in an obstacle course regarding H-1B work visas for foreigners. His visa denied and his days in the United States numbered,  A federal judge on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Judge blocks large parts of temporary work visa ban

Oct. 1, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says protects American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said his ruling applied to members of organizations that...

An employee is protected by a plexiglass shield while processing a skier at the reopening of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, which closed in mid-March to help in the effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, in a Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, in Keystone, Colo. An executive order signed y President Donald Trump that temporarily bans a wide variety of foreign visas has thrown another obstacle in the path of ski resorts as they try to hire enough temporary workers to fill crucial jobs in the era of COVID-19. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump's student visa ban

Sep. 30, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort this winter. The 22-year-old student worked the last two ski seasons in the equipment rental shop at the small resort nestled in the Smoky Mountains and was excited to...

Hemp plants are visible inside several structures on Sept. 16, 2020, in Shiprock, N.M., on Navajo Nation land.  The Navajo Nation is not letting go of a fight against what it says are illegal hemp farms cultivated through immigrant labor.  (Noel Lyn Smith/The Daily Times via AP)

Navajo officials set on shutting down New Mexico hemp farms

Sep. 26, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Navajo Nation is not letting go of a fight against what it says are illegal hemp farms cultivated through immigrant labor. A member of the tribe and head of the operation, Dineh Benally says his business partnership with a Las Vegas dispensary has provided dozens of jobs on the vast...

Agriculture workers risk safety and health during pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Pedro Cabrera Flores, 70, had spent the past eight summers packing green beans into cans in Gillett, Wisconsin. In order to be hired again, he had to complete the season, but, in August, he decided to quit his job because he felt unsafe, he said. New workers were not being tested for...

Vermont House OKs stimulus checks for immigrant workers

Sep. 9, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to $5 million in stimulus payments amid the coronavirus pandemic for residents who did not receive stimulus checks from the federal government based on their immigrant status. Under the Vermont Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Equity...

FILE - In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Amit Mehta, then the attorney for Dominique Strauss-Kahn speaks in Bronx state Supreme Court in New York. Judge Amit Mehta has ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas for immigrants from underrepresented countries. The order issued Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C., partially reverse a pandemic-related freeze on a wide range of immigrant and temporary visas. The U.S. issues up to 55,000 visas a year to people from countries with low representation in the U.S., many in Africa. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta denied requests to take similar action on other visa categories subject to bans.  (Stan Honda/Pool Photo via AP, File)

In ruling, judge throws lifeline to diversity visa lottery

Sep. 5, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas for immigrants from underrepresented countries, partially reversing a pandemic-related freeze on a wide range of immigrant and temporary visas. The U.S. issues up to 55,000 visas a year to people from...

FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, groom Cesar Abrego gives a bath to one of the horses being trained by Dale Romans following his morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Abrego came from Guatemala on an H-2B visa.  The Trump administration’s immigration squeeze and the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic threaten to leave the horse racing industry short of workers, racing officials warn as they prepare for a reconfigured Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Ahead of Kentucky Derby, worker shortage looms for trainers

Aug. 30, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration’s immigration squeeze and the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic threaten to leave the horse racing industry short of workers, racing officials warn as they prepare for a reconfigured Kentucky Derby. The racing world’s premier event,...

Farms pay $325K to settle guest worker mistreatment claims

Aug. 25, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Two farms in Washington state have agreed to pay $325,000 to settle accusations that they mistreated foreign guest workers. Green Acre Farms and Valley Fruit Orchards of Yakima County have reached an agreement to end years of litigation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...