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Image President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha Wisconsin

Image President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha Wisconsin

In order to help USA businesses at risk of suffering "irreparable harm", the Department of Homeland Security said Monday it will provide as many as 15,000 new H-2B visas this year for temporary seasonal workers.

Still, senior DHS officials insisted the policy fits Trumps self-styled "America First" agenda because it will help American businesses.

Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would increase the number of H-2B visas issued, though the final count was not released until Monday.

Current law limits the H-2B program to 66,000 visas a year, split evenly between fall and spring application periods.

Companies seeking to hire additional temporary foreign workers will need to submit a document under penalty of perjury that shows they would suffer irreparable harm without the additional help.

"The fact that more than 700,000 visits were overstayed previous year shows just how much we need to step up interior enforcement to create more of a deterrent, not only by identifying and deporting overstays, but by weakening the job magnet by cracking down on employers who hire illegal workers", she said.

In June seven senators representing states with important summer vacation destinations asked DHS to double the number of H-2B visas. Instead of adding more visas, the White House should focus "on program oversight, on rooting out bad-actor employers who violate H-2B rules, and on protecting the migrant workers who come to the United States in search of better opportunities".

"As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap", Kelly said in a statement.

Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration levels, said in a statement the decision "threatens to reverse the trend of reports emerging around the country of employers working harder and raising pay to successfully recruit more unemployed Americans for lower-skilled jobs".

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