Racing Industry Unhappy That Visa Provision for Workers Isn't Being Renewed

The current H2B visa cap stands at 66,000 workers a year.

McClatchyDC.com

A bill to keep the government funded through the end of April does not include a provision that would have made it easier for the racing industry to hire foreign guest workers who groom horses.

A bill to keep the government funded through the end of April does not include a provision that would have made it easier for the horse racing industry to hire foreign guest workers who groom horses and perform other jobs.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association wants Congress to renew an exemption to the H2B visa cap that allows them to employ workers who have worked in the program in at least one of the past three years.

Without the guest worker exemption, the association says, horse trainers and breeders won’t be able to find enough workers, because they’ll be competing with other nonagricultural industries that rely on temporary, seasonal help.

The current H2B visa cap stands at 66,000 workers a year for the country.

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