Calvo says Trump will solve Guam's foreign labor crisis - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Calvo says Trump will solve Guam's foreign labor crisis

Posted: Updated:

Governor Eddie Calvo is back from a meeting with President Trump more confident than ever that the H2B foreign labor crisis will be resolved soon.  Calvo says the President promised him a solution, and he believes Trump is "a man of his word."

Governor Calvo met with the President in Hawaii before Trump's current trip to Asia, saying, "The end of the conversation the president assured me that he would resolve this issue, and he gave the order to general Kelly the chief of staff to get it done."

Calvo did not say specifically how Trump plans to resolve the issue, but he says Kelly already knows a lot about the H2B crisis. Calvo explained his disappointment with the head of USCIS and the nearly 100-percent visa denial decisions that the Governor stressed is crippling local construction, and threatens Guam's economy.

"You talk to a guy and you listen to a guy like john Kelly and you feel he will break through that roadblock," said the governor. "I think what we should be seeing, and hopefully real soon, is a reversal and you start seeing approvals for H2B requests."

The Governor says they will now attempt to fast track all new foreign worker visa applications filed by construction companies with the local labor department, noting, "There has to be a certification by me, the governor of guam. So now we're going to ensure that for these applications not only do I certify that need, but at the same time I make it known to the White House."

Calvo says he also made clear to the Trump administration that visa approvals should apply to all projects both military and private sector.  

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • DYA hosts youth outreach

    DYA hosts youth outreach

    It's the second of its kind happening this year. The Department of Youth Affairs hosting its youth services outreach event over the weekend. DYA partnering with other government and non-profit organizations to put on the event for our youngsters. The goal - to provide services and information to families who are not aware of the resources available to them in the community. It's efforts officials say is being offered to help keep kids out of trouble.

    More >>

    It's the second of its kind happening this year. The Department of Youth Affairs hosting its youth services outreach event over the weekend. DYA partnering with other government and non-profit organizations to put on the event for our youngsters. The goal - to provide services and information to families who are not aware of the resources available to them in the community. It's efforts officials say is being offered to help keep kids out of trouble.

    More >>
  • Eco-friendly shopping bag bill authored by youth leaders

    Eco-friendly shopping bag bill authored by youth leaders

    A bill that would ban the sale and distribution of fossil fuel-based shopping bags has been passed over by the Guam Youth Congress to the Legislature. The bill's sponsor, Youth Speaker Javan Santos states, "The youth support minimizing waste and protecting our ocean and island, and this bill seeks to do that for the youth to inherit a cleaner Guam." The committee on rules will refer the measure to a legislative committee.More >>
    A bill that would ban the sale and distribution of fossil fuel-based shopping bags has been passed over by the Guam Youth Congress to the Legislature. The bill's sponsor, Youth Speaker Javan Santos states, "The youth support minimizing waste and protecting our ocean and island, and this bill seeks to do that for the youth to inherit a cleaner Guam." The committee on rules will refer the measure to a legislative committee.More >>
  • Senators ensuring schools have active shooter protocol

    Senators ensuring schools have active shooter protocol

    Double- and even triple-checking that they have active shooter standard operating procedures and drills in place, Senators Joe San Agustin and Wil Castro issued a notice to schools across the island. The joint effort comes days after a deadly shooting at a high school in South Florida. 17 people died in that shootout. Guam police also stand ready to assist schools in creating a plan for their campus. To set that up, call GPD's Captain Paul Tayama at 475-8508/9.More >>
    Double- and even triple-checking that they have active shooter standard operating procedures and drills in place, Senators Joe San Agustin and Wil Castro issued a notice to schools across the island. The joint effort comes days after a deadly shooting at a high school in South Florida. 17 people died in that shootout. Guam police also stand ready to assist schools in creating a plan for their campus. To set that up, call GPD's Captain Paul Tayama at 475-8508/9.More >>
Powered by Frankly