Williston Basin Airport to receive 3,000 tons of cement weekly to complete runway (copy)

Workers finish concrete for the base of a runway at the site of the new Williston Basin International Airport in this 2019 file photo. Contractors moved in thousands of tons of cement to finish the airport time time for its opening on Oct. 10, 2019.

H-2B Visas have been touted by some as the ideal way to fill seasonal, hard-to-hire, non-agricultural positions. But a report by Local Jobs North says they’re being used too often by some companies, to fill what would otherwise be desirable positions, at the expense of American workers.

The report examined their use in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota and says the program deprived North Dakota’s economy of $85 million, and western North Dakota specifically of $23 million. The estimate was based on the spending patterns of such workers, who the group said tend to send most of the money they make out of the country, to their families.

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