H-2A Changes Pt 1

H-2A Changes Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, this is today’s Fruit Grower Report. While some argue that the fentanyl crisis is a separate problem, the H-2A foreign guestworker program is now helping to fund solutions.

At a recent hearing, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse questioned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about recent budget changes that impact ag employers …

NEWHOUSE … “Based on recent DOL rulemakings that farmers across the country are burdened with, DOL appears to, at least, not understand or not fully appreciate the importance of the agricultural industry.”

A question Newhouse put to Mayorkas directly …

NEWHOUSE … “Just real simply, do you believe that the ability of a nation to feed itself is inherently more secure than a nation that relies on imports to feed its citizens.”

But, what about the new rules? …

NEWHOUSE … “Earlier this year, the USCIS finalized a new rule that would increase the costs to employers utilizing the H-2A agricultural guest worker program, among other programs. While I understand the purpose and utility of a fee-based program, the rule as finalized is overly burdensome and costly to our nation’s producers.”

And, Newhouse says those new costs …

NEWHOUSE … “Not only did the general filing fee increase, but a $600 asylum program fee was added requiring ag employers to pay for a program they really don’t receive any benefit from.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on the new H-2A expenses and why Mayorkas says ag employers are on the hook for them.

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