Hiring locals due to ‘shortage’ of foreign labour

02 Aug

Not ‘The Onion’… (Hat tip.)

Businesses in Bar Harbor, Maine are turning to locals to make up for a shortage of foreign guest workers that normally fill summer jobs in the bustling seaside resort town.

Because the H-2B visa program has already reached its annual quota, Bar Harbor’s hotels, restaurants and shops can’t bring in any more foreign workers for the rest of the busy summer tourist season. Like hundreds of similar coastal resort towns, Bar Harbor has for many years depended on the H-2B visas for temporary workers. The program allows non-agricultural companies to bring in foreign labor if they are unable to find suitable employees domestically.


The annual limit for H-2B visas is set at 66,000, half for the winter season and half for the summer. In the past, workers who had previously come to the U.S. on H-2B visas were given a “returning worker” exemption and not counted against the cap. Congress did not include the returning worker provision in this year’s authorization, but instead gave Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly the power to raise the limit by as many as 70,000 extra visas for the summer.

Several lawmakers are pressuring the Trump administration to authorize more H-2B visas, and DHS is expected to announce a higher cap this month. Independent Maine Sen. Angus King has introduced legislation that would restore the returning worker rule.

In the meantime, Bar Harbor’s businesses are scrambling to find locals to pick up the slack.


If buttercups buzz’d after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

The World Turned Upside Down


17 responses to “Hiring locals due to ‘shortage’ of foreign labour

  1. feeriker

    August 2, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Not ‘The Onion’… (Hat tip.)

    The Onion might as well be a real news outlet.

    When reality is indistinguishable from satire, you know that the tipping point has been passed.

    • Will S.

      August 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Yes; we really have tripped through the looking glass, as Alice would say… Except instead of Wonderland, it’s Horrorland…

  2. rednig

    August 2, 2017 at 2:12 am

    It happened under Reagan. I went from minimum wage dishwashing job, to major-paying dishwashing job, and then prep-cook when they couldn’t find anyone for that. I worked three jobs, sometimes 18 hours a day at time and a half after the first 40 hours, and had a great time doing it. And all Reagan did was use trickle-down economics, something which socialists are shrieking against again. A curse on their greed for power and _more power to the people!_

    • Take The Red Pill

      August 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      With socialists, it’s “power to the ‘right’ (i.e., ‘leftist) people”.

      • Will S.

        August 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm


    • Will S.

      August 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm


  3. infowarrior1

    August 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Taking women out of workforce will also do alot of good.

    • Will S.

      August 2, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Damn right. If we are to put things right, that will be necessary, for the middle and upper classes, at least (working class women have long had to work, and I don’t see that changing, though if possible, would be great if they could not have to work either).

      • rednig

        August 3, 2017 at 2:52 am

        Donno, I like working with women. Not for them, per say, but shoulder to shoulder. 🙂

      • Will S.

        August 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm


        If ever you work in a workplace that’s predominantly female, you may change your mind about that; take my word for it…

      • infowarrior1

        August 3, 2017 at 6:08 am

        Well a mother’s job is too important to be outsourced to daycare workers. And motherhood is one of the best and most important things for the majority of women to partake in. For every child is a soul most precious to God it is not something to be taken lightly.

      • Will S.

        August 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm


    • feeriker

      August 2, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      That will happen automatically once the FED-fueled funny-money gravy train derails and all the make-work AA/EO pseudo-jobs it enabled vanish overnight. Other than low-skilled labor or clerical work, women contribute almost nothing productive or useful to the modern labor force.

  4. oogenhand

    August 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    What about Dutch Calvinists (SGP) emigrating to Hungary? They have large families, they are industrious, and Victor Orban is a Calvinist. Hungary is far more accepting of people with Christian values.


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