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This is welcome news for many tourism employers across the country struggling to keep up with summer demand and a shortage of seasonal workers this year. The Trump Organization's skin in this game probably helped grant more visas.

The Trump administration will offer an extra 15,000 temporary, seasonal work visas this budget year.

The extra H-2B visas are for seasonal, non-agriculture workers for jobs at a variety of businesses, including resorts. The extra visas will be available to companies that can show that their businesses would be harmed if they can’t temporarily hire foreign workers.

The Trump Organization is among the businesses that use the visas.

Earlier this year Congress voted to allow Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to offer more than the annual limit of 66,000 such visas. Though President Donald Trump has taken a hard line stance on immigration, legal and otherwise, Kelly said the decision to add visas was a “demonstration of the administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses.”

He described the additional visas as a “one-time extension” of the visa cap set by Congress.

A notice about the extra H-2B visas will be posted later this week in the Federal Register.

This article was written by Alicia A. Caldwell from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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Photo Credit: More seasonal visas for foreign workers will soon be granted by the Department of Homeland Security. Pictured are summer workers at a dock in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism / Flickr