Immigration reform closer, but House holds the keys - The Packer

Immigration reform closer, but House holds the keys

06/27/2013 05:34:00 PM
Tom Karst

Stallman said the bill balances security and labor needs.

“With less time and resources wasted locking up lettuce harvesters, the focus can shift to where it properly belongs: keeping those with criminal intentions out of our country,” he said.

Stallman said the bureau looks forward to working with House members to pass responsible immigration reform legislation that includes an earned adjustment for experienced undocumented agricultural workers and a new, flexible guest worker program.


Agricultural labor provisions

Current undocumented farmworkers will be eligible to obtain legal status through a new Blue Card program if they choose to remain working in agriculture.

Ag workers who can document working in U.S. agriculture for a minimum of 100 workdays or 575 hours before Dec, 31, 2012, are eligible for Blue Card status.

After a minimum of five years, workers who fulfill their Blue Card work requirements in U.S. agriculture will become eligible to apply for a Green Card, providing that they have no outstanding taxes, no convictions and pay a fine.

A new agricultural guest worker program will be established, with two work options:


  •  An “at will” option will allow workers to enter the country for a specific job offer from an authorized agricultural employer, under a three-year visa. Employees will then be able to move within the country, working at will for any other authorized agricultural employer during that time. Employers must provide housing or a housing allowance to these workers.
  •  A“contract-based” option will allow workers to enter the country to accept a specific contract for a specific amount of work from an authorized employer. This will also provide for a three-year visa and require employers to provide housing or a housing allowance.


All guest workers will be paid an agreed-upon wage under the terms of this agreement.

There is a visa cap for the first five years of the program while current workers are participating in the Blue Card program. The secretary of agriculture has the authority to modify that cap if circumstances in agricultural labor require.

The new program will be administered by the Department of Agriculture.

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Dave Francis    
Indianapolis, IN  |  June, 27, 2013 at 07:45 PM

WITHOUT THE STRINGENT REVISIONS TO THE SENATE BILL, IT WILL BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE HOUSE? The inept immigration reform bill has passed in the Senate; nevertheless it’s full of exemptions, giant loopholes, waivers, special privileges and barefaced lies, misleading information for the unknown numbers of illegal aliens and special interests, with nothing of financial benefit for jobless Americans. All those who pressed for this poorly drafted volume of garbage, will be assured of getting a pink slip, especially Republicans who turned collaborator. This document as it stands will never pass the house, as one Representative said “It’s a Pipe Dream” Incidentally Rep. Paul Ryan is dead meat, who signed on to this awful de-facto amnesty. Republican Speaker of the house Boehner will be given his marching orders by representatives, unless he commits himself to al Sen. Sessions, Sen. .Grassley amendment major triggers that the G8 and the GOP conspirators rejected. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has launched a national petition. It is at SecureBordersNow,” Cruz said. “In just a week, we’ve had 100,000 people from all over the country sign that petition speaking out to say ‘Do not do legalization first. Secure the borders first, fix the problem.”? Also Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has set up an email address for people to contact if they believe they were targeted by the IRS. That address is: A petition seeking to abolish the Internal Revenue Service recently started by the American Center for Law and Justice and since moved to its own website abolishirsnow. The time has gone to eradicate the IRS and deliver to the American taxpayer a Fair tax code, which allows no exemptions for anybody including welfa

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