April 23, 2007 — Farmworker Justice Update — Alternatives to AgJOBS
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has once again introduced a one-sided, anti-worker proposal to revise the H-2A temporary agricultural guestworker program. His bill, the Temporary Agricultural Labor Reform Act of 2007, H.R. 1792, would revise the H-2A program by reducing governmental oversight, allowing employers to displace U.S. workers, and subjecting guestworkers and
U.S. workers to substandard wages and working conditions with no meaningful ability to enforce their rights. To read more about his bill and the effect it would have on farmworkers, please click here or visit our webpage on Alternatives to AgJOBS, http://www.fwjustice.org/Immigration_Labor/AgJOBS_Alternatives.htm.
The next month is a critical time for immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Reid remains committed to reserving the last two weeks in May for a floor debate on immigration. In the House, the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law is holding a series of hearings on immigration reform.
Farmworkers need your help in opposing one-sided reform of the H-2A program and expressing support for the AgJOBS bill, S. 340/HR 371. Please call your Representative and Senators to express your support for AgJOBS and your opposition to harsh, one-sided reform of the H-2A program. You can use the talking points available by clicking here or by visiting our webpage on Information about AgJOBS.
Contact information for your Senators is available at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and for your Representative is available at http://www.house.gov/.
Thank you for your support of farmworkers.