A message from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP):
We continue to hear from many of you about processing problems at the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that threaten your ability to get your H-2B workers on time. The National Association of Landscape Professionals knows that even the slightest delay can significantly impact your businesses and your workforce.
We need your help so that we can better quantify the delays and convey exactly what they mean to your business and community. Please consider taking a few minutes to send us a few sentences so that we can add your voice to our collective story. We need your help to articulate in real-word terms what it means if you do not receive your H-2B workers on time. For example, “If I don’t have H-2B workers by April 1 (or whatever your date of need is), I will have to lay off five American workers, turn away a $200,000 contract, keep my lawn care business closed, etc.” The more details you can provide, the better. Please send a brief quote by the close of business Friday, February 5, and also identify the name of your company and the state in which your business is headquartered.
We and other industry allies plan to collect stories and quotes from diverse employers across the country and compile them into a single document that can be shared with Congress to show the systemic problems occurring with H-2B processing. The system is broken and we want to illustrate to Congress why it needs to be fixed.
For employers who are experiencing delays, we also encourage you to share information about your situation with your Senators and Representative. Please ask for them to continue to reach out to DOL and DHS and demand that H-2B processing delays be addressed immediately. You can reach your Senators and Representative through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles H-2B issues (generally the person who deals with immigration, labor or small business policy). Tell them about the issues you are facing with the program and ask them to urge DOL and DHS to immediately address these delays so that you can get your H-2B workers on time.
In the meantime, the H-2B Workforce Coalition is continuing to reach out to Congress and discuss additional oversight of DOL and DHS through letters, phone calls, appropriations hearings and other mechanisms. Your reaching out to the Hill to share your concerns will greatly enhance those efforts.
If you have any questions about this issue, please contact Paul Mendelsohn, vice president of government affairs, at 800-395-2522.