Last week, a federal judge granted a motion for a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from moving forward with its rule imposing a new fee schedule. The USCIS had issued a rule that could dramatically increase fees on employers that use the H-2A program, among other immigration-based programs. The fees were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020.

Jason Resnick

Yesterday, Wednesday, December 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA), by a vote of 260 to 165, with 226 Democrats and 34 Republicans supporting the legislation. The bill now moves to the Senate where it must be taken up by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with the support of President Trump.

Cory Lunde

Yesterday, Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Dan Newhouse introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which addresses two critical needs for American agriculture: to retain existing, experienced workers and to ensure a reliable future flow of guest workers. Western Growers Executive Vice President Dave Puglia attended the introduction of the bill in Washington, D.C., along with a host of other stakeholders who played a key role in developing the agreement.  

Stephanie Metzinger

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Immigration

Immigration has been a critical issue for Western Growers members. For years, we have fought for a legal and stable workforce that not only supports our industry but ensures those who have worked along side our members are treated with decency and respect.

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