Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz says he has identified 13 cases in which H-2B workers are delinquent in paying their hospital bills.
Senator Cruz points out in a letter to GMH Administrator Joseph Verga that the amount still owed by the now gone workers is $93-thousand dollars.
The Senator points to Public Law 31-87, which Cruz himself introduced during the last Legislature. The law prohibits an employer from allowing an H-2B worker to go back to their home country until the employer has received a hospital clearance ensuring that any hospital bill owed by that worker has been paid.
“I am surprised,” writes the Vice Speaker, “that we are continuing to accrue additional receivables resulting from H-2B laborers not paying their
bills. In at least thirteen instances, totaling $93,000, additional receivables accrued after the law came into effect.”
Cruz asks Verga to explain what steps GMH is taking “to both enforce the law prohibiting labor repatriation and to compel H-2B employers to clear what is owed to the hospital.”