Homeland Security Announces 15,000 Additional H-2B Visas For 2018

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be available for Fiscal Year 2018. In this determination, Secretary Nielsen determined there are not sufficient, qualified, U.S. workers available to perform temporary non-agriculture labor to satisfy the needs of American businesses in FY18. This allocation […]

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‘Immigrant Niche’: Explaining The Prominence Of Hispanic Jockeys In America

The percentage of North American jockeys with Hispanic surnames has risen from 30 to 50 percent since the year 2000, according to Equibase statistics compiled by University of Texas associate professor Paul von Hippel. That prominence, von Hippel explains, is not so much a result of increased immigration, but rather a result of what demographers call an “immigrant […]

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‘Nobody In America Wants This Job’: Attorneys, Trainer Present Sobering View Of Immigration And Racing

As immigration enforcement ramps up around the country, the horse racing industry is feeling the pinch — not just in the supply of its labor, but in the costs of legal labor as well. The Albany Law School kicked off its 17th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Conference on Tuesday with a panel […]

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‘We Can’t Find Enough Help’: Immigrant Visa Restrictions Threaten Operations At Canterbury

New visa restrictions on immigrant workers have already begun to make finding enough help a challenge for trainers at Canterbury Park, reports the Star-Tribune. Trainers are unable to hire grooms, hotwalkers and exercise riders from other countries, because those individuals are unable to get approved for an H-2B visa. One trainer reported spending $8,800 on […]

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‘Nervousness’ On Churchill Backstretch As Many Worry About Immigration Crackdown

Tightening immigration policies and the recent increase of raids by immigration agents are threatening to lead to a major manpower shortage throughout the U.S. horse racing industry. Many people that work at farms and at racetracks are concerned that the risk of deportation is even higher now that Donald Trump is in office. Most racing stables […]

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