We have waited 20 years for a realistic solution to our industry’s labor shortages. With much anticipation, a legislative bill creating a new visa category will be introduced shortly. The bill is called “The Agricultural Guestworker Act of 2017 (AG Act)” and it will create a new visa category called the H-2C. Dairy, livestock, agriculture, food processors and other agricultural employers may use this new H-2C visa program to finally fill the jobs they so urgently need.
I’ve been working closely with Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-R) and his Senior Counsel on this new Guestworker visa bill. Contact me if you would like me to send you the bill language. After speaking with the Chairman’s Senior Counsel, I expect Chairman Goodlatte will make a few minor changes to the bill. However, it is very important to move full speed ahead with a letter of support. We must make this bill work. Our industry can no longer wait and I believe the Chairman is working in good faith with us.
I’m asking you to support this bill and allow me to add your name as one of the united group of supporters. It is imperative we have this letter completed before this bill is marked up (process by which a U.S. Congressional Committee makes statements, debates and discusses amendments on the bill) by the House Judiciary Committee. I’m expecting this to take place the second week of September. Our united support will not only show the Judiciary Committee Members we can’t wait any longer for reform, it also will entice all legislators, who work on your behalf in D.C., to sign on as a co-sponsor of this bill.