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Rounds Statement on Meeting With DHS Secretary

Emphasized the Importance of H2B Visas to South Dakota’s Tourism and Construction Industries

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss ongoing border security and immigration reform efforts.


“Secretary Nielsen and I had a great discussion about our shared goals of increasing border security, permanently fixing DACA, strengthening e-verify and – most importantly for South Dakota – increasing the cap on the number of H2B visas allotted annually so our seasonal construction and tourism industries can thrive,” said Rounds. “With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, South Dakota’s workforce depends on temporary, H2B visa workers to fill important seasonal jobs. I thank Secretary Nielsen for her time and look forward to working with the administration and my colleagues to get results on much-needed reforms to our border security and immigration systems.”