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Apprenticeship program may be funded by higher visa fees

Increased fees for H-1B visas could be used to pay for apprentice programs for people in Florida and across the United States. The budget for the 2020 fiscal year includes $160 million for the Department of Labor to expand apprenticeship programs that began in 2018. However, it is unclear if the proposed budget will look the same as the one that is eventually passed.

Florida lawmakers look to embrace federal immigration rules

There is no question that immigration continues to be a major point of contention in domestic politics across the United States. Florida's position in the southeast of the country, growing economy and warm climate make it a popular destination for immigrants from many locations. Even those who come to the country through other points of entry may eventually find themselves in the Sunshine State.

Additional 30,000 H-2B visas to be issued in 2019

Many employers in states like Florida with economies that are heavily dependent on tourism have been petitioning Congress for years to increase the annual H-2B visa quota. Due largely to a surging economy and plummeting unemployment rates, the departments of Labor and Homeland Security supported increased H-2B allocations in 2017 and 2018, and 15,000 visas were added to the 66,000 yearly cap. On May 8, a temporary rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register that increases the 2019 H-2B visa quota by 30,000.

Trump wants changes to asylum system

Florida residents may be aware that President Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a top priority. Recently, the Trump administration has called for changes to the way that asylum seekers are processed. Among those changes include a proposal to charge individuals seeking asylum a fee as well as not allowing some to work in the United States. This has drawn criticism from immigration advocates as well as some lawmakers.

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