AWF Supports AgJOBS Bill
AWF sent the following letter to Senator Feinstien and Congressmen Putnam and Berman
Dear Senator Feinstein, Congressman Putnam and Congressman Berman:
On behalf the Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF), I wish to thank you for your future introduction of the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2009 (AgJOBS), which will positively reform the current H2-A temporary agricultural worker programs.
As you know, this bill will make the H2-A program more efficient, which decreases the burden on business owners and allows for our nation’s workforce needs to be met in a more timely and effective manner.
Most notably, this bill will accomplish the following:
o Mandates expedited processing of H-2A petitions
o Allows H-2A aliens employed as sheepherders, goat herders or dairy workers to work on an extended 3-year non-immigrant visa without departing the U.S.
o Provides immediate work authorization upon filing petitions for extension of stay
o Mandates removal of aliens who abscond or otherwise violate their visas
o Provides a mechanism for replacing alien workers who abscond or are terminated for cause
o Provides a secure identity and work authorization document for H-2A aliens
For the above reasons and more, I would like to commend you for your introduction of the AgJOBS Act. We will be reaching out to several offices over the coming weeks to encourage them to co-sponsor this vital piece of work reform legislation.
If there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Brian M. Johnson, MPA