RMFU Welcomes Farm Workforce Modernization Act
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) welcomes the reintroduction of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, saying the bill will create a sensible path forward for immigrants who are here without legal status and will streamline a process to allow approved immigrant workers to travel back and forth from their home country.
“We support the adoption of this federal immigration legislation with an agricultural worker program that provides work authorization for an experienced and consistent farm labor force, with visas of adequate length and flexibility to meet the diverse needs of agriculture and the security needs of the United States,” says RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall, “Ultimately, we appreciate how this bill views agricultural workers as people who wish to contribute to society and earn a living for their families.”
Introduced earlier this week U.S. by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), the bill aims to provide a compromise solution that makes meaningful reforms to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program and creates a first-of-its-kind, merit-based visa program specifically designed for the nation’s agricultural sector.
Specifically, the bill will establish a program for agricultural workers in the United States to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment and contribution to the U.S. agricultural economy. The Bill also proposes to reform the H-2A program to provide more flexibility for employers, while ensuring critical protections for workers. And, it will focus on modifications to make the program more responsive and user-friendly for employers and provides access to the program for industries with year-round labor needs.
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization whose 20,000 member families live and work in hometown communities across Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Learn more online and become a member at www.rmfu.org.