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House to Agencies: Make H-2A Work Better

Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Immigration lawThere’s no real path for significant legislative modernization of America’s immigration and temporary visa system before 2017. Yet, there is important work underway in the space. AmericanHort continues efforts to keep the existing, but limited, H-2 visa programs viable as more of our members turn to them in the face of labor shortages. This past spring, some of our members faced processing delays of 40 days or more.

With the rough spring fresh in mind for many, we’ve been working with sympathetic members of the House of Representatives to keep pressure on the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security. Late last week, a bipartisan group of 102 Representatives sent a letter to these federal departments urging that they take all prudent steps to proactively streamline efforts and avoid application and visa petition delays.

Leadership for the letter was provided by Reps. Dan Newhouse and Susan DelBene (WA), Elise Stefanik (NY), and Sanford Bishop (GA). AmericanHort and coalition colleagues worked to get others to sign. When you think about it, 102 is an impressive total, nearly one quarter of the 435 Representatives in the House!

Brought to you by Lighthouse, an AmericanHort Progam. Article by Craig Regelbrugge.

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