House bill creates guest worker program for agriculture
Debate on comprehensive immigration reform has begun in the U.S. House with the introduction of a bill that would create a new guest worker program for agriculture. Introduced by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the new H-2C program would be administered by USDA and allow an initial work period of 36 months.
The Agricultural Guest Worker Act improves upon provisions of the recently introduced U.S. Senate bill in that it does not include wage, housing or transportation requirements. It also provides a more favorable dispute resolution process.
Kansas Livestock Association policy calls for an efficient and adequate guest worker program that meets the labor needs of livestock producers. According to NCBA and KLA staff analysis, the Goodlatte bill would provide a good start to meeting that goal. KLA will continue to work with Congress to identify additional improvements that better meet the needs of animal agriculture.
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