Should we reform immigrantion for agricultural workers?
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• “The agricultural industry has asked that Congress provide access to the H-2A program for all sectors of agriculture. H.R. 5038, however, covers the dairy industry, but leaves out other important sectors like meat and poultry processing, forestry and aquaculture… The bill promotes fraudulent applications through its extremely low document standards and the ability to withdraw a knowingly false application without prejudice… The bill even authorizes U.S. taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants apply for amnesty and permits DHS to loot up to $10 million dollars from the fees paid by those seeking legal immigration benefits — such as naturalization.” Source: Rep. Doug Collins (Republican, Georgia, District 9)
• “When I speak to farmers and ranchers across the country, labor is often their number one concern. Our nation’s agriculture industry is diverse and flourishing, but producers are in desperate need of a legal and reliable workforce… As a third-generation farmer, I understand the invaluable contributions made by farmworkers to American agriculture, and we must modernize our guestworker program to work for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers in the 21st Century. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act offers a strong, bipartisan workforce solution to provide certainty to both farm owners and workers through an accessible, employment-based program. This bill is the solution our agricultural industry needs.” Source: Rep. Dan Newhouse (Republican, Washington, District 4)
• “The Farm Workforce Modernization Act addresses these issues in a bipartisan manner that will provide some much-needed certainty. It does so by modernizing the H-2A program, stabilizing wages, and instituting a merit-based system for agricultural workers to eventually earn legal status – but only after years of proven and consistent employment in the U.S. agriculture industry, vigorous background checks, and state-of-the-art biometric verification. It’s what the people who work to feed our country need. I’m happy to have been a part in crafting this bipartisan agreement and deliver on our promise to find solutions for America’s agriculture industry.” Source: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Republican, California, District 1)
Passed the House of Representatives.
This bill would grant certified agricultural worker status to undocumented immigrants that have worked in agriculture for at least 180 work days (or 1,035 hours) over a 2 year period. The new status would last for 5.5 years and could give dependent status to spouses or children. The bill also amends the H-2A program including adjusting how minimum wage is calculated, allow H-2A workers to apply for portable status, and make an electronic platform for H-2A filing. Sponsor: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Democrat, California, District 19)
- Bipartisan House Members Introduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act (Press Release)
- Statement on H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (CATO Institute)
- Farm Bureau Calls for Improvements to Ag Labor Bill (Farm Bureau)
- Idaho farmers see relief in Farm Workforce Modernization Act (KTVB)
- Collins statement on H.R. 5038 (Press Release)
- Worker legalization divides lawmakers on ag labor bill (Agri-Pulse)
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