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Secretaries Comment on H-2A Ag Worker Visa Goals
USAgNet - 05/25/2018

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and several other Trump cabinet members issued a joint statement on Thursday in which they said their departments are working in coordination to propose streamlining, simplifying, and improving the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program -- reducing cumbersome bureaucracy and ensuring adequate protections for U.S. workers.

"The Trump Administration is committed to modernizing the H-2A visa program rules in a way that is responsive to stakeholder concerns and that deepens our confidence in the program as a source of legal and verified labor for agriculture -- while also reinforcing the program's strong employment and wage protections for the American workforce. In addition, by improving the H-2A visa program and substantially reducing its complexity, the Administration also plans to incentivize farmers' use of the E-Verify program to ensure their workforce is authorized to work in the United States," the joint statement read.

"As the agencies tasked with administering or facilitating the H-2A visa program, and thus closest to farmer and labor stakeholders, the departments of State, Agriculture, Labor, and Homeland Security are embarking on a process to modernize the H-2A visa program by clarifying and improving the regulations governing the program. We look forward to delivering a more responsive program soon," the statement concluded.

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