Trump signs NDAA; 4,000 contract workers authorized for Guam work

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that President Donald Trump has signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018.

The FY18 defense bill fully authorizes $354.6 million for military construction projects for Guam to support the ongoing progress on the Marine realignment as well as current operations which include the hardening of select military facilities. (table of Military Construction projects authorized below)

The law includes a provision championed by Bordallo to provide the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services with flexibility to provide up to 4,000 H-2B temporary workers per year to support construction or facility services that are directly connected to, or associated with, the Marine realignment. This would enable civilian infrastructure funded by the federal government, the Government of Guam, or non-governmental sources that are being done, in part, because of the increased number of military personnel and military families moving to Guam. USCIS has up to 120 days to implement this provision.

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo withdrew his public support for the Guam military buildup due to the federal government's virtual freeze on contract workers to build the facilities, but later extracted a promise from President Trump to change the apparent federal policy.