The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) issued the following statement June 23 regarding on the suspension of H-2B program through 2020:

The National Association of Landscape Professionals is deeply disheartened by the President’s Executive Order suspending the entry of guest workers in the H-2B visa program through the remainder of 2020. The landscape industry is the largest user of the H-2B visa program, which is a vital component of landscaping’s seasonal business during critical times of the year when manual labor demands expand quickly.

As the Nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, H-2B workers will play an integral role in our economic recovery. H-2B workers support the hiring, promoting, and retaining of American workers and the expansion of the companies that use this valuable seasonal guest worker program. It’s unfortunate that President Trump has minimized the landscape industry’s specific labor needs in a way that will hurt landscape companies throughout the Nation.

We would hope that the President promptly reconsiders the executive order and amend the order to lessen the impacts on the landscape industry and the essential services we provide to the Nation as we look towards assisting in protecting people, their property, and the environment while bolstering a robust economic recovery in 2021.