SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PASSES COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
Senate Judiciary Committee passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill Monday
(March 27), which now goes to the floor of the Senate for debate.
main features of the bill are border security and enforcement, a general-industry
temporary worker program, a plan for the 11 million undocumented workers already
in the United States to keep working and earn legal permanent residency, and a
specific agricultural component.
general temporary worker and earned legalization programs are largely patterned
after the bipartisan McCain-Kennedy legislation. The agricultural component, essentially
the Craig-Kennedy AgJOBS" bill, was offered in committee as an amendment
by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and continues to contain a comprehensive
reform of the H-2A program.
have an opportunity to do something which has a chance to work, which is real,
which meets the needs of real people out there, and which can stop the illegal
infusion through our borders in the future if we act wisely, well, and effectively,
this is a good first step, it still has a long way to go before it becomes law,
said Walter Kates, FFVA director, Labor Relations Division.
this issue is of importance to you or your business, now is the time to contact
your senators and representatives and express to them the importance of a reformed
H-2A program for agriculture that is cost competitive, timely and free of bureaucrat
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