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Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif. has said farewell to Big Foot and raft ride Big Foot Rapids. The attraction closed in September amid hints of something new to come, and it will not reopen until summer of 2019.Now the hints have turned into definitive news. The new ride will be called Calico River Rapids, and feature a new theme and storyline that does include a creature with some familiarity to Big Foot fans, only now he will be called a skunk ape. The new ride will feature enhanced animatronics and interactive elements, as well. The old ride carried park guests on rafts that passed through a fairly simple landscape of rocks, grass, and trees. The new version will connect with Knott’s ghost town area, which is ......[read more]
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There are few things certain in life. One certainty is this: a classic antique cars ride is returning to Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason, Ohio. One thing is uncertain: the strong rumors and hints from both Cedar Fair, the owner of Kings Island, and various coaster enthusiast groups, that there’s soon to be a new coaster at Kings Island.Starting with those hints: Chad Showalter, park spokesman says no comment, except that he enjoys the speculation of coaster fans. That said, an August 2018 permit for construction of a new coaster by Bolliger & Mabillard was issued. And the new coaster buzz is everywhere. The park itself has added flame to the fire of speculation by dropping hints that “Number 5 is alive,” which ......[read more]
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this evening that the H-2B visa cap for the second half of 2019 was met on February 22, 2019.  

As reported earlier, congress has given the Department of Homeland Security the ability to release up to 69,320 H-2B visas at their discretion. If the DHS decides to release all 69,320 visas, it would relieve the cap for 2019 and 100% of employers who applied for workers would receive them.

Congressional leaders will be addressing the situation with the DHS via a letter within the next week. 


What YOU can do to HELP:

  1. Call the DHS public comment line by dialing (202) 282-8495
  2. If you have not done so already, you should also email the USCIS' Ombusman at cisombudsman@dhs.gov on the immediate need for additional visas. Click here for a template; 
  3. Stay tuned for an email next week requesting that you contact your Members of Congress asking them to sign onto the letters to Secretaries Nielsen and Acosta;
  4. Tweet @DHSgov and @USDOL.

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Posted by: Matt Cook on 2/22/2019

Language pertaining to the release of additional H-2B visas has been included in the 2019 spending bill that was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump late last week.  The language gives the Department of Homeland Security the ability to release up to 69,320 H-2B visas at the discretion.  This is the same language that was included in the FY2017 and FY2018 DHS bills. 

During each of the last two years, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued an additional 15,000 visas.  Currently, the demand for H-2B workers exceeds 90,000 visas for the second half of the FY2019 cap of 33,000 visas.  As of February 19, 2019, US Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that 15,704 visas had been approved with another 14,319 pending (total 30,023 out of 33,000 available).  These numbers do not take into account the number of petitions still awaiting certification from the Department of Labor that have not been sent to USCIS yet.

Without the DHS releasing additional visas, most businesses who applied for H-2B workers will be capped out and will not receive their workers this spring.  

If your business, festival, fundraiser, or non-profit organization is affected by this, it is important that you reach out to your members of congress and ask them to encourage the DHS to release the additional 69,320 visas as permitted in the 2019 spending bill.  In addition, please email the USCIS' Ombusman at cisombudsman@dhs.gov on the immediate need for additional visas.  If you need help wording a letter, please click here for a template.

We will keep you updated on further developments.

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