U.S. tourist spots face business pressure due to visa cuts

Published on : Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mackinaw CityBusiness experts from the tourist industry of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island have shown sincere worries on the severe worker shortage owing to a drop in federal visas.



The federal government limits visas to 66,000 foreign workers per year, but it didn’t used to include returning workers against the cap.  The Detroit News reported that Congress decided not to renew the exemption for returning workers in September 2016 after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump condemned foreign workers getting American jobs.



This shift has particularly hit the tourism industry of Mackinac Island because there are less than 500 residents in the island and they have depended a lot on the foreign workers to fill summer jobs more than ten years from now. With the fewer number of workers it means higher prices for tourists.



Dave Murray, spokesman for the Michigan Talent and Economic Development Department said that the businesses statewide are finding it difficult to fill up the opening and is reported to have an unemployment data of 3.7% which is much below the national average.



With the U.S. Department of Homeland Security approving 15,000 extra foreign workers, the employers are expecting temporary relief before the end of tourism season in October. Agency officials said it made the decision because American businesses faced “irreparable harm due to the lack of available temporary non-agricultural workers.”


Source: Skift

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