Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs should expect delays due to “technical network problems.”

Jeff Janas

Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico, met yesterday with Western Growers members in Yuma to seek ways to better serve the H-2A-user community. Participants from the Consulate, included: Consul General, Christopher Teal; Vice Consul, Leshawna Johnson; and Public Relations staffer, Erika Munoz Burgos.

Jeff Janas

In an effort to better understand the labor needs required for the winter vegetable season, staff members of the Nogales and Tijuana Consulates traveled to Yuma yesterday and met with WG Board Member Sonny Rodriguez of The Growers Company in Somerton, Arizona, to discuss H-2A processes and to see the harvest in action.  

Andy Stark, vice consul of the Nogales Consulate, made it clear that the State Department's goal is to promote the economy and facilitate the flow of H-2A workers for the industry.

Yesterday, Western Growers’ Board Member Sonny Rodriguez (The Growers’ Company -- Somerton, Ariz.) and WG associate member, Phil Townsend, (Sunlund Chemical -- Yuma, Ariz.) participated in the 'Walk of the Farmworker' tour on Arizona’s San Luis border. Hunter Moore from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's office and congressional staff from the offices of Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-2) and Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake also joined them. The tour was followed by ‎a meeting with local growers to discuss labor and H-2A issues, as well as water and food safety issues.  

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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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