The Department of Homeland Security said on Monday that the U.S. government will allow 15,000 additional visas for temporary seasonal workers to help American businesses suffering "irreparable harm" over from a lack of such employees.
After meeting with U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly found there were not enough qualified and willing workers available to complete temporary non-agricultural work, the department said in a statement.
"As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap," Kelly said in a statement.
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In a July 6 trademark application, Amazon subsidiary Amazon Technologies Inc. revealed it's planning "prepared food kits composed of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and/or and [sic] vegetables...ready for cooking and assembly as a meal," as well as primarily grain-based offerings.
The product's tagline: "We do the prep. You be the chef." Amazon already sells other companies' meal kits, including Tyson Foods Inc.'s (TSN) Tyson Tastemakers. Martha Stewart is even offering meal kits on Amazon Fresh, the company's grocery delivery service. But, this may be the first hint of something bigger for Amazon, which would put it in direct competition with newly minted IPO Blue Apron (APRN) .