Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Marion Berry (D-AK) introduced H.R. 3857, the "Temporary Agricultural Labor Reform Act of 2005," legislation to modernize and improve the flexibility of the temporary visa program (H-2A), permitting foreign workers to enter the U.S. on a temporary or seasonal basis to engage in unskilled agricultural work.

"The U.S. needs a better guest worker program for agriculture. Under the current H-2A program, workers are subjected to a frustrating process that only encourages more illegal entry, while agriculture employers are forced to either participate in this costly, time-consuming, flawed program, or take the risk of hiring illegal workers. We need a reform of the H-2A program that promotes border security by allowing guest workers to come and go legally--a reform that will streamline the costly and time-consuming process and establish a fair wage standard. This legislation accomplishes that," said Goodlatte.

This legislation simplifies and shortens the H-2A application process, permitting foreign workers to enter the U.S. to do unskilled agricultural work.

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