As the number of unemployed Americas hit a near 44-year low this week, the number of H-2A visa requests have more than doubled.
According to the department of labor, the number of six-month H-2A visa requests sits around 113,000. That’s 65% higher than when President Trump took office.
While farmers like Chalmers Carr, who employes more than 850 H-2A workers every year on his South Carolina peach farm, continue to advocate for immigration reform, they realize the current program is what they have to work with.
“I have a full-time person dedicated to following the H-2A program and ensuring we get all of our paperwork done just right and on time,” he told Anna-Lisa Laca on The First Years Podcast.
Still, farmers and industry analysts alike are looking forward to next week when a pair of ag-friendly immigration reform bills will make their way to the House floor.