Agricultural Guest-Worker Bill Introduced in Washington

Well, I was having a good day…


As many as 1.5 million undocumented farm workers and their relatives currently living and working in the United States could gain legal status under an ambitious agricultural guest-worker plan introduced Jan. 10 on Capitol Hill.

The Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2007-AgJobs Bill-is the first major immigration overhaul bill introduced this year, mirroring legislation passed last year by the Senate but not the House of Representatives.

“The AgJobs bill is a two-part bill,” said one of its sponsors, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. “Part one would create a pilot program to identify undocumented agricultural workers and legalize the immigration status for those who have been working in the United States for the past two years or more. The second part would create a more usable H-2A program to implement a realistic and effective guest worker program.”

The legislation has bipartisan sponsorship.

“We’ve supported this bill for some time,” American Horse Council president Jay Hickey said. “It would speed up the process to the H-2A agricultural workers, which is what our farms use.”

Under the bill, illegal immigrants that can prove they have worked in agricultural jobs for at least 150 working days for the past two years would become eligible for a “blue card” giving them temporary legal status. Their spouses and minor children also could get a blue card if they already live in the U.S.

The total number of blue cards would be capped at 1.5 million over a five-year period, and the program would sunset after five years. Those who receive the blue cards must work in agriculture an additional three years, at least 150 days per year, or five years at least 100 days a year, to become eligible for legal residency. In addition, they must pay a $500 fine, be up to date on taxes, and not have committed crimes involving bodily injury or threat of bodily injury or caused serious property damage of $500 or more.

Time to contact your elected cockroaches again!

It appears the Democrats are not releasing this Bill, like many others, for review as Thomas has no information on it yet.

The never ending assault to make these illegal aliens citizens is more than annoying. We have got to stop ALL attempts at a path to citizenship for those here illegally; no exceptions!

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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