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US ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump’s student visa ban

By THOMAS PEIPERT | The Associated Press

DENVER — Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort this winter. The 22-year-old student worked the last two ski seasons in the equipment rental shop at the small resort nestled in the Smoky Mountains and was excited to reconnect with friends, practice her English and take a break from law school in Lima, Peru, where she lives.

But on June 22, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring a wide variety of foreign worker visas, including J-1 visas often issued to South American students who come to North America during their summer break. Sotelo’s plans were put on hold, and now she’s scrambling to find a job closer to home.

As ski resorts try to figure out how to operate safely during the coronavirus pandemic, by requiring facemasks,

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Ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump’s student visa ban

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An employee is protected by a plexiglass shield while processing a skier at the reopening of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, which closed in mid-March to help in the effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, in a Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, in Keystone, Colo. An executive order signed y President Donald Trump that temporarily bans a wide variety of foreign visas has thrown another obstacle in the path of ski resorts as they try to hire enough temporary workers to fill crucial jobs in the era of COVID-19.

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Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort this winter. The 22-year-old student worked the last two ski seasons in the equipment rental shop at the small resort nestled in the Smoky Mountains and was excited to reconnect with friends, practice

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Reopening task force hears proposals from ski industry, retail

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AHEAD TO WINTER AND TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. THE GOVERNOR’S ECONOMIC REOPENING TASK FORCE HEARD A PRESENTATION TODAY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE’S SKI INDUSTRY. GUESTS WILL SEE SEVERAL CHANGES. PRE-ORDERING TICKETS WILL BE ENCOURAGED. LIFTS MAY BE ALTERED TO ALLOW FOR SOME SPACE, AND MASKS ARE A MUST. >> THE ONLY TIME THE MASK COMES OFF IS WHEN THEY ARE EATING OR DRINKING OR DEFENDING THE HILL. ANDY: THE BIGGEST CHANGES MAY BE AT THE BASE LODGES. REPRESENTATIVES SAY WHILE THERE IS ROOM FOR FLEXIBILITY, DUMPING YOUR GEAR AND HEADING TO THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED. >> YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO BE IN THE LODGE TO LEAVE BAGS INSIDE. YOUR CAR WILL BE YOUR LOCKER ROOM, AND YOUR CAR IS WHERE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EAT YOUR LUNCH. ANDY:

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