Dec 22, 2011

Immigration Reform: Congressional proposals hope to mend cracks in H-2A agriculture migrant workers program

From the dairy section of an agriculture industry newsletter, a look at attempts to change the current system for temporary agrigulture workers visas

Dairy News: "The mounting difficulty of securing agricultural laborers through the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program has led many potential employees to enter the country illegally. With hopes of helping illegal workers and creating a viable way for immigrant employees to enter America, several politicians have proposed solutions.

... In the U.S. House of Representatives, the two proposals gaining the most momentum are the American Specialty Agriculture Act (H.R. 2847, proposed by Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ)) and the Legal Agriculture Workforce Act (H.R. 2895, proposed by Representative Daniel Lundgren (R-Calif.). ... Proposed by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), ... the Harvest Act (S. 1384) is "the most comprehensive agriculture guest worker bill in the Senate."" read more

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