More Farmers Turn to H-2A Program in First Months of Trump Admin

May 22, 2017 12:06 PM

New data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows farmers sought more workers through the H-2A visa program in the first months of the Trump presidency.

From Jan. 1 through March 31, farmers filed more than 4,100 applications to hire nearly 71,000 guest workers through H-2A, up 36 percent from 2016.

According to the data, requests by Florida farmers accounted for 16 percent of all applications, followed by Georgia at 13 percent and North Carolina at 10 percent.

If an agricultural business wants to employ foreign workers under H-2A, it must first show it can’t find willing and available workers, that the hiring of temporary workers won’t adversely impact wages of U.S. workers and that the job is seasonal.

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