Western Growers along with over one hundred and forty members of Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) sent a letter to House leadership today registering strong opposition to H.R. 1147, the Legal Workforce Act, which was reported out of the Judiciary Committee two weeks ago.
In a stunning move following a federal court decision, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will no longer accept or process applications for workers under the H-2B program, effectively shutting down the program.
Agriculture faces great obstacles today, especially for those engaged in labor-intensive agriculture where certain challenges feel particularly acute. Over the course of my career, I have participated in some of the major battles our industry has waged over workforce and labor issues.
Siding with 26 states that filed a lawsuit to block implementation of President Obama’s Executive Orders announced last November, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction yesterday halting the program on the basis that the president overstepped his authority.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee continued its focus on increasing immigration enforcement and held a hearing on legislation that would make the E-Verify program mandatory throughout the country.
Now that the freshmen members of Congress have unpacked their boxes, settled into their offices and learned how to navigate the corridors of Capitol Hill, Western Growers’ Tom Nassif went back to Washington this week to meet with a few of them, as well as some congressional stalwarts.
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced several executive actions on immigration. Under the plan, an estimated four to five million undocumented immigrants will likely qualify for temporary relief from the threat of removal, and be eligible to receive employment authorization. The president’s decision to bypass Congress has infuriated many Republicans with some vowing to block these measures.
The chasm between opposing sides on the immigration reform debate crystalized when two journalists squared off during the Western Growers Political Action Committee fundraising luncheon held in Las Vegas in early November in conjunction with the association’s 89th Annual Meeting.