Apr 6, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump administration set to give most temporary H-2B visas since 2007

Trump stands and talks in front of a blue prototype of his border wall, next to two border patrol officials.

Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California in 2018. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration is planning to grant approximately 96,000 H-2B visas for temporary and short-term workers — 80% of whom come from Mexico and Central America — this fiscal year, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: This is the highest amount of H-2B visas given since 2007, per the Post. As the amount of temporary worker visas increase, President Trump has heightened his rhetoric on stopping a "colossal surge" of immigration through the U.S.-Mexico border, saying "the system is full. Can't take you anymore. ... Our country is full." DHS Secretary Nielsen has described the current situation at the border as a "system-wide breakdown" of the U.S. immigration system.

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