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The LIBRE Initiative Applauds U.S. Sens. Bennet & Hickenlooper for Urging Biden Administration to Address Labor Shortages with Visa Relief

The LIBRE Initiative Applauds U.S. Sens. Bennet & Hickenlooper for Urging Biden Administration to Address Labor Shortages with Visa Relief

Latino Advocacy Organization is Urging Bipartisan Improvements to Country’s Immigration System

(Denver, CO) – Today, the Colorado chapter of The LIBRE Initiative, issued a statement applauding efforts from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Colorado Senators Michael F. Bennett and John Hickenlooper, urging the Biden administration to release the maximum allowable number of additional H-2B visas for Fiscal Year 2022.

Angel Merlos, strategic director for The LIBRE Initiative, issued the following statement:

“At a time when our country is facing severe labor shortages, it is encouraging to see a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging the administration to take immediate steps to help address this real concern for so many Colorado businesses and industries. But to truly provide long-lasting certainty for businesses and H-2B workers, we urge Congress to bring back the “returning worker exemption,” which exempts H-2B workers from the cap if they return to the same employer that they worked under within the previous 3 years.”

Merlos went on to add:

“We look forward to uniting with anyone – regardless of political party – to do right to fix our country’s immigration system and provide immediate relief to the American people being caused by labor shortages.”

To read the entire letter sent to the Biden administration, click here.

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