Author: Laurie Flanagan

USCIS to Conduct Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap

As previously announced, USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. In the first five business days of filing, USCIS received petitions for more beneficiaries than […]

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House Negotiating Immigration and the DACA Program

NALP is closely monitoring House negotiations related to immigration and the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides legal status to so-called dreamers, kids who were brought to the United States illegally as children. House Republican leaders have been meeting with competing factions within the party in an effort to […]

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How Will the Election Affect Industry Advocacy Efforts?

Laurie Flannigan, of DCLRS, NALP’s government relations firm, boils down the potential impact of the election on our advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry.  As you are most certainly aware, as a result of the Nov. 8 election, Donald Trump will be America’s 45th President and Republicans have retained control of both the House and […]

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Changes in Congress Impacting the Landscape Industry

In late October, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was sworn in as Speaker of the House, taking the place of John Boehner (R-OH) who not only gave up his role as Speaker but also resigned his House seat. Before leaving, Boehner helped his successor by crafting a budget deal with the House and Senate Leadership and […]

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Advocacy Needs to Continue After Legislative Day on the Hill

It was wonderful to see such a strong showing of landscape professionals on Capitol Hill last week.  Members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals are well aware of the benefits the landscape industry brings to our environment and our communities: clean air, safer communities, beautiful neighborhoods, and jobs. “Ours is a $175 billion industry […]

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Help Us Advocate for Your Interests

Watching the news, it is easy to get cynical about politics.  It is easy to think that politicians are embroiled in political grandstanding and that as a voter your voice does not really matter.  But you can make a difference by engaging with your elected officials. H-2B activism made a difference When the Department of Homeland […]

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Pollinator Protection is a Hot Topic

During the next month or so, we can expect an increased level of discussion about pollinators.  Rep. Rodney Davis (R-NY) succinctly summarized the debate around pollinator health during yesterday’s hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.  Subcommittee Chairman Davis said that the parasitic Varroa mite is one of many factors that […]

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