On January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the removal of Haiti from the list of countries whose citizens can be granted H-2A and H-2B visas citing high level of fraud and abuse by Haitian with those visas that are given to seasonal workers in Agriculture and other labor and services industries.
As reported by Reuters:
“Just a few dozen Haitians entered the United States on the visas each year since they were given permission to do so in 2012 by the Obama administration, according to DHS data.
Sixty-five Haitians entered the United States on H-2A visas, given for agricultural work, in the 2016 fiscal year, according to DHS data, and 54 Haitians were granted H-2A visas by the State Department between March and November 2017. The number of Haitians entering in 2016 on H-2B visas, which are for non-agricultural seasonal work, was more than zero but too low to report, according to DHS.”
There were various rhetoric on immigration during the November 6, 2018 Midterm Election, yet we did not hear much facts. Henceforth, it is important to educate one another on ‘polarized’ issues -any issue for that matter. As indicated by these data, there are clearly no evidence proving that the H-2A and H-2B visas program is being overused or abused by Haitians.