Washington, D.C. – The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (H.R. 6136) – a consensus immigration bill that is the product of negotiations between Republicans of all perspectives – has been improved to include the Agricultural Guestworker Act, or the AG Act, which creates a new, workable agricultural guestworker program to provide America’s farmers and ranchers access to a legal, stable supply of workers for seasonal as well as year-round work. Here are what some of our nation’s leading agricultural groups are saying about these provisions. For more information on the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, click HERE.
American Farm Bureau Federation: “The AG Act authorizes a new agricultural guest worker program and takes several important steps toward fixing the biggest problem we face in agriculture: a shortage of agricultural labor that limits the ability of our farmers and ranchers to produce. Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte has diligently worked to make changes that clearly improve the AG Act for agricultural producers. Now that those changes have been incorporated into H.R. 6136, House members are being given yet another rare opportunity to support U.S. agriculture by providing a solution that helps solve our desperate need for agricultural labor. We urge members to take this opportunity by voting in favor of the AG Act and H.R.6136 …”
National Milk Producers Federation: “We are writing today in support of the agriculture guestworker provisions of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 (H.R. 6136), as modified in recent negotiations … As you know, dairy farmers do not currently have access to the H-2A visa program, underscoring the urgent need for action to address our workforce challenges. We believe that these provisions represent a positive step forward to help dairy farmers access a reliable and steady labor force. Accordingly, we urge members to vote in favor of H.R. 6136 on the House floor this week.”
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, and North American Meat Institute: “Our members need access to a pool of workers who are legal and available to work throughout the year … Given the importance of the agricultural guestworker proposal to the economic health of the animal agriculture sector, we urge you to include the agricultural guestworker visa program in any legislative agreements considered by the House of Representatives.