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 also ensures those who have worked alongside our members are treated with decency and respect.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a streamlined, expedited process for considering deferred action requests from noncitizen workers who are victims of, or witnesses to, labor violations. The streamlined process is effective immediately. Deferred action may be granted by DHS to temporarily defer deportation proceedings against a noncitizen. A noncitizen granted deferred … Read More
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published the 2023 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services other than the herding or production of livestock on the range. Starting January 1, 2023, the AEWRs to be paid for H-2A … Read More
As discussed in our previous newsletter “Best Practices: Part 1, Screening H-2A Applicants in the U.S.”, H-2A workers currently working in the U.S. may be seeking better options and start applying for a job directly to H-2A employers with higher AEWR. As an H-2A employer, you may wonder if it’s possible to petition for them … Read More
Western Growers allows each farmer in California and Arizona one voice when tackling issues that affect all farmers and the future of agriculture. This is extremely important for each grower to be able to work collaboratively to achieve one goal to sustain farming in California and Arizona.
Ryan Van Groningen
Van Groningen & Sons, Inc., Manteca, CA