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Act now for immigration reform

6/10/2013

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Beginning the week of June 10, the U.S. Senate will consider S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Please urge your two U.S. Senators to support this vital legislation.

As approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 13 - 5, S.744 would dramatically overhaul America's legal immigration system, address border security and employment eligibility verification, and provide a tough but fair process for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants to earn legal status over 10 or more years.

ANLA strongly supports the bill. From a nursery, landscape, greenhouse, and garden retail perspective, the most notable provisions include:
  -  The agricultural reform package, which will benefit nursery, greenhouse, and Christmas tree growers and workers. Reforms include an agriculture-specific earned legalization program, and a new, market based and flexible future ag worker visa program that will eventually replace the widely criticized H-2A program;
  -  Improvements to the H-2B program, which is critical to many landscape and distribution companies. Key reforms include a multi-year extension of the "returning worker exemption" (an expired "good idea" provision that allows more H-2B seasonal visa workers based on need); and, a fair resolution for establishing H-2B program wages;
  - A new "W visa" program that will allow employers to hire foreign workers on three-year visas for non-agricultural jobs. While the initial W visa cap is low, the allowed number of visas will ultimately rise or fall based on the strength of the economy.

For too long, Congress has deferred action on a broad and meaningful overhaul of America's immigration system. As a result, our economy and security have suffered. S.744 will improve security by identifying and registering who is in the country and better monitoring who comes and goes. It will strengthen the economy by creating a 21st Century immigration system to allow the U.S. to sustain its vitality and compete in a global economy.

Please take action now to urge your two U.S. Senators to support this critically important legislation!

 
Beginning the week of June 10, the U.S. Senate will consider S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Please urge your two U.S. Senators to support this vital legislation.

As approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 13 - 5, S.744 would dramatically overhaul America's legal immigration system, address border security and employment eligibility verification, and provide a tough but fair process for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants to earn legal status over 10 or more years.

ANLA strongly supports the bill. From a nursery, landscape, greenhouse, and garden retail perspective, the most notable provisions include:
  -  The agricultural reform package, which will benefit nursery, greenhouse, and Christmas tree growers and workers. Reforms include an agriculture-specific earned legalization program, and a new, market based and flexible future ag worker visa program that will eventually replace the widely criticized H-2A program;
  -  Improvements to the H-2B program, which is critical to many landscape and distribution companies. Key reforms include a multi-year extension of the "returning worker exemption" (an expired "good idea" provision that allows more H-2B seasonal visa workers based on need); and, a fair resolution for establishing H-2B program wages;
  - A new "W visa" program that will allow employers to hire foreign workers on three-year visas for non-agricultural jobs. While the initial W visa cap is low, the allowed number of visas will ultimately rise or fall based on the strength of the economy.

(CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ANLA AND MORE INFORMATION)