Utah Rep. Mia Love is criticizing a Trump administration directive this week to remove Haiti, Belize and Samoa from the list of countries eligible for seasonal worker visas.
Love said Friday that she has formally objected to the White House regarding the removal of Haiti, Belize and Samoa from the worker visa program. The administration’s announcement, said the Haitian-American, “further fuels a narrative that is unproductive to ongoing immigration talks.”
“The timing of this announcement is terrible,” Love said in a prepared statement. “I am a problem solver and some of my colleagues and I are working hard to craft and pass immigration reform that includes a permanent solution for DACA recipients and stronger border security.”
The visas in question are typically given to seasonal workers in agriculture and other industries. They are available to 80 other countries.
According to the DHS notice, Haiti was removed because Haitians issued the visas “have historically demonstrated high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying the terms of their admission.”