Each year, thousands of H2 Guestworkers come to the U.S from 59 eligible countries including Mexico to work in agriculture (H2-A Visa) or other fields like steel working, construction, or crab processing (H2-B Visa). In 2019, the Homeland and Labor Department plans to grant 96,000 H2-B visas, making it the highest since 2007. Annually, about 60,000 to 80,000 workers come to the U.S on H2-A visas.
Many of these workers rely on personal connections like family members and friends in order to find H2 jobs. Since it is difficult for workers to find out out if jobs in the U.S are legitimate, recruitment fraud, when someone is charged an illegal fee for a job that does or does not exist, is rampant. According to the non-profit Centro De Los Derechos del Migrante, 60 million pesos have been lost to workers in Mexico as a result of recruitment fraud. For people coming from other countries involved in the program, the amount is unknown.
These stories feature H2 Guestworkers who were defrauded while searching for H2 work in the United States.