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Crab House Owners in Dorchester County File H2-B Visa Applications

Posted: May 31, 2018 5:25 PM Updated:
Russell Hall Seafood's Owner Harry Phillips Reviews A I-129 Form or A Petition For a Nonimmigrant Worker. Russell Hall Seafood's Owner Harry Phillips Reviews A I-129 Form or A Petition For a Nonimmigrant Worker.

HOOPER'S ISLAND, Md.- The day that many, like Russell Hall Seafood owner Harry Phillips, have been waiting for finally came. The Department of Homeland Security on Thurdsay officially started receiving applications for the 15,000 additional H2-B visa openings.

"I feel better, I do, you know. There's a good chance we will get our workers," says Phillips.

But despite of the relief, it's still it's another "Wait and see" game for the industry. They're hoping to find a long term solution soon. 

"We just wait, wait and see if we're gonna be lucky or not," he added. "It's gonna affect a lot of American people if we don't get these people here to pick these crabs. In fact, it's already showing up now, there are people right around here now that's having problem making ends meet," said Phillips.

Russell Hall Seafood sent its I-129 Form or Petition for a Non-immigrant Worker, to a labor consulting firm in Virginia as fast as it could. This is the first, in a series of steps, to bring H2-B v isa workers from Mexico to their crab house in Hooper's Island.

If they get approved, the next step would be to send the visas to Mexico where workers like Clara Sonia Martinez, wait with fingers crossed.

"We need the work. We need them as much as they need us," says Clara Sonia. "We have hope. We have faith that everything will work out and we will be able to go back to Maryland soon," she added.

Crab house owners say Mother Nature has been good this year and there are plenty of crabs for them to process. All they need are the pickers.

 

 

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