Legislation & Regulation

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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      Questions Regarding Neonicotinioid Insecticides 

      Recently, the twenty-eight member states of the European Union voted to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid insecticides, expanding upon a ban initially put into place in 2013. While this ban is only in effect in some areas overseas, it is possible you may receive questions as a result. NALP is committed to educating landscape professionals, customers and the general public about […]

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        DHS Authorizes Additional 15,000 H-2B Visas

        Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen finally announced plans to authorize additional H-2B visas. The announcement confirms what NALP and our members have been telling our nation’s lawmakers –  there are not sufficient, qualified, U.S. workers available to fill the workforce needs of America’s professional landscaping companies and other seasonal businesses. 

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          Farm Bill Defeated in House

          Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) by a vote of ( 198 – 213).  An odd coalition of all House Democrats and 30 members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus led to the defeat. Democrats opposed revisions to the federal […]

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            H-2B Relief Still an Unknown

            Last week, the Department of Homeland Security transmitted a proposed H-2B related rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This is an important first step in our quest for H-2B cap-relief. However, the nature of the rule has still not been made public. We are working with our Champions of Capitol Hill […]

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              Congress to Take Up Farm Bill

              This week, the House will begin debating H.R. 2, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The measure is an important opportunity for landscape professionals to gain greater certainty in regulatory decisions related to pesticide use. The House Bill contains language that:

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                States Move to Protect Consumer Interests

                The attorneys general in several states are stepping up their efforts to fill “the void left by the Trump Administration’s pullback of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).” They expressed initial concerns in December when the President announced the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as CFPB interim director.

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                  Another Blow to the Workforce

                  Seasonal employers suffered yet another blow to the already scarce labor pool last week when President Trump announced that he is ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans. TPS had been in place for the Honduras since Hurricane Mitch devastated the country in 1998. There are an estimated 57,000 Hondurans with temporary protected status in […]

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                    Will DHS Provide Limited H-2B Relief Later this Month?

                    So far, we have not heard anything official from DHS about the release of additional visas.  However, in the last couple of days we have heard rumors and seen press reports that indicate that DHS plans to release 15,000 additional visas around the middle of this month. 

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