Time to copy Canada - again - The Packer

Time to copy Canada - again

11/14/2013 11:31:00 AM
Tom Karst

How would this program look in the U.S.?

Forth said he can’t really compare the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program to the U.S. H-2A agricultural guest worker program, since he hasn’t experienced the U.S. program. He believes the programs have parallel purposes.

The difference, I think, is that industry in Canada is responsible for the efficiency or the “workability” of the guest worker program. In the U.S., Department of Labor bureaucrats are tasked with the job.

In my mind’s eye, a group like Western Growers or the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association could develop the staff to process the applications for guest workers at minimal cost to growers.

There would be no government shutdown that would halt processing of applications. There would be no bloated bureaucracy to feed.

Since the U.S. can’t seem to figure out a way forward on comprehensive immigration reform, let’s copy the Canadians and then claim the credit for the idea.


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