During the COVID-19 crisis, as a result of our efforts, a number of important steps have been taken related to our workforce. As of March 27, H-2A and H-2B workers will be allowed to enter the U.S. as members of the essential ag workforce.
For years, the produce industry and our agriculture sector partners have made an overwhelming case for legislation to reform our broken immigration system and help build a legal and reliable workforce. Our industry must have:
The produce industry does not oppose proper enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws, but to do so without addressing the reality that much of workforce in agriculture is foreign-born would be devastating to our sector.
On October 30, 2019, Chairwoman Lofgren (D-CA) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA), introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act – click here to learn more about this specific legislation. We stand ready to work with policymakers to craft policies that keep our nation safe and help our economy thrive.
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United Fresh Immigration Activities
- United Fresh Press Release on Farm Workforce Modernization Act
- United Fresh Comments on H-2A
- United Fresh Testimony at House Judiciary Committee Hearing
- United Fresh Statement on House Judiciary Committee for Labor Hearing
- United Fresh Statement on H-2A Modernization
- AWC Letter to Vice President Pence
- Immigration Reform Letter to President Trump
- Comments on Standards and Procedures for the Enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act
- AWC Letter Opposing Mandatory E-Verify Only
- Letter to Departments of State and Homeland Security on Visa Stoppages
- Congressional Letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez & Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, León Rodríguez on H-2A Improvements
Agriculture Labor by the Numbers
- There are an estimated 3 million foreign workers in the U.S. agricultural labor force
- The number of full-time equivalent field and crop workers fell by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2014
- As of 2016, the average age of a farm worker in the U.S. is 40 years old
- In 2018 the Department of Labor approved 242,762 H-2A positions and in just the last year the number of approved H-2A jobs grew by 21% and the number of employer applicants grew by over 16%
To learn more about immigration reform please reach out to John Hollay, Senior Director, Government Relations & Public Policy.