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Lifting wages of seasonal foreign workers is laudable

As the heat wave seems to have driven half of Boston to the beach, we want to thank the Globe for pulling back the curtain on the economics of Cape Cod’s tourist economy.

It’s tough for Cape Cod businesses to survive for the year on just three months of summer income (“Cape businesses squeezed as wages increase,” June 28).

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But it’s even tougher for Cape workers and families, who are being squeezed by high jobless rates and persistently low wages.

Every summer, thousands of foreign workers come to the Cape on H-2B work visas. We applaud the US Department of Labor for setting new, realistic wage levels for these temporary visa holders.

A federal judge found that the old wage rates were hurting American workers. The new rates will protect both temporary foreign workers and permanent Cape residents, and more local workers will probably apply for those summer jobs.

Rich Rogers

Executive

secretary-treasurer

Greater Boston

Labor Council

Elvis Mendez

Director

Immigrant Worker Center

Collaborative

Boston

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