Trump administration to streamline H2-A worker program
The Trump administration plans to undertake a rule making process to help streamline the admission of H2-A workers. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the change will make the H2-A program more responsive to stakeholder concerns. He says it will also improve administration confidence in the program as a source of legal and verified labor for agriculture. Perdue says the administration also plans to incentivize farmers’ use of the E-Verify program to ensure their workforce is authorized to work in the U.S.
The U.S. House could possibly vote soon on an immigration bill from Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte. His bill would strengthen immigration enforcement and shift the H2-A program from the Department of Labor to the USDA.