H.R.242 - Legal Agricultural Workforce Act

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for a temporary agricultural worker program, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for a temporary agricultural worker program, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Legal Agricultural Workforce Act as introduced.

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Official Summary

Legal Agricultural Workforce Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a W-visa nonimmigrant classification for temporary agricultural workers. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to establish: (1) a nonimmigrant temporary agricultural worker program (W-visa) wh

Official Summary

Legal Agricultural Workforce Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a W-visa nonimmigrant classification for temporary agricultural workers. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to establish:
(1) a nonimmigrant temporary agricultural worker program (W-visa) which shall include annual numerical limitations and monthly limitations based on enrollment requests, historical agricultural employment needs, and the reports of U.S. workers applying for agricultural employment; and
(2) a trust fund to administer and enforce the program and provide a monetary incentive for such workers to return to their countries upon visa expiration. Sets forth program provisions, including:
(1) enrollment requirements,
(2) a visa preference allocation system,
(3) a biometric identification card requirement,
(4) U.S. worker protections, and
(5) visa increases due to extraordinary and unusual employment circumstances. Makes such agricultural workers ineligible for need-based federal financial assistance.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.242

  • California Canning Peach Association

Organizations Opposing H.R.242

  • Center for American Progress
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Farmworker Justice


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