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Employers praise extra H-2B visas; critics say foreign workers take American jobs

Employers praise extra H-2B visas; critics say foreign workers take American jobs

When Ruben Chavez's landscaping company needed extra manpower this summer to lay patio and driveway pavers, it applied to hire temporary foreign workers through the government's controversial H-2B visa program.

But the annual cap for such visas had been reached and the application was denied. Chavez estimates his company, based in North Riverside in the western suburbs, missed $100,000 in potential contracts as a result.

Now Chavez has another shot. Using powers granted it by Congress, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it would issue an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for jobs starting before the end of September, on top of the 66,000 permitted annually...

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