An Immigration Fix for Ag Still Possible

March 20, 2018 11:49 AM

Several weeks ago getting immigration legislation through Congress seemed like a lock in 2018. Once tied to the inevitable passage of an Omnibus spending bill, immigration reform has since fallen off the table because of a recent Supreme Court ruling on the DACA issue. 

The ruling saying President Trump cannot end the program and kicked a bigger decision back to a lower court. That, in turn, eased pressure and stifled the urgency of getting a DACA deal done in the Omnibus spending package. It's also stalled a new agricultural guest worker program.

But, bill author, Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte, continues to move forward the legislation hoping to get it passed soon.

He recently sat down with AgDay TV host Clinton Griffiths for an exclusive interview and update on the bill's progress including a timeline for getting it through Congress.

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Don Honda
Kansas City, KS
3/21/2018 02:33 PM

  The U.S. currently has eleven non immigrant guest worker visa programs. There is no cap on the number of workers allowed into the U.S. under the H-2A temporary agricultural guest worker visa program. "The provision could more than triple the number of H-2B visas for foreign workers seeking jobs at hotels, theme parks, ski resorts, golf courses, landscaping businesses, restaurants and bars. The move is intended to boost the supply of non-agricultural seasonal workers." Alabama had to bite the bullet and hire LEGAL Immigrants for its AG Industry: Africans Relocate to Alabama to Fill Jobs After Immigration Law "East Coast began calling Atlanta refugee agencies several months ago looking for legal immigrants to come to Alabama for a year, said Mbanfu, refugee employment director for Lutheran Services in Atlanta. He said the company would have taken as many refugees as he could refer. The agency connected East Coast with refugees who had been in the country three to five years, he said." Immigration raids yield jobs for legal workers 'When federal agents descended on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. in December 2006, they rounded up nearly 1,300 suspected illegal immigrants that made up about 10% of the labor force at the plants. But the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents did not cripple the company or the plants. In fact, they were back up and runni


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