HOUSE PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE AGRICULTURAL VISA
Yesterday, the House passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act which would establish a new program for agricultural workers in the United States – similar to DACA – which would allow workers employed on a continuing basis in agriculture to obtain legal status. The status would be as a “Certified Agricultural Worker” (CAW). The visa would be for three years and could be renewed. Spouses and minor children would obtain status too.
Additionally, this bill streamlines and simplifies the H-2A program to make the program more attractive for employers and employees.
The program has an annual cap, but the cap could be increased upon request of the Secretaries of Agriculture and Labor.
The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 260-165. Even though it was supported by significant numbers of Democrats and Republicans, it is not clear if it can pass in the Senate or whether Donald Trump would sign it into law.