Growers alarmed by proposed H-2A visa program changes

Proposed revisions to the H-2A visa program, have stirred controversy among growers nationwide, including ag groups like the Northwest Horticultural Council.

Proposed revisions to the H-2A visa program, introduced by the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security, have stirred controversy among growers nationwide. The Northwest Horticultural Council has voiced concerns, arguing that these changes could unfairly penalize producers.

According to the council’s senior vice president, Kate Tynan, there’s a disconnect between the severity of H-2A violations and the proposed penalties. They assert that while violators should face consequences, measures such as denying program access or debarring employers for extended periods seem disproportionate.

In response, the Northwest Horticultural Council has submitted substantial feedback on the proposed rules. They’re actively engaging with stakeholders across the country to address these issues, advocating for a more balanced approach.

As tensions escalate, growers find themselves grappling with uncertainty about the future of their operations. The outcome of this debate will have significant implications for the agricultural industry, shaping the landscape of labor policies and enforcement for years to come.


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