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H.R.242: Legal Agricultural Workforce Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about immigration
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Sponsor Dennis Ross, R-Fla.
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced Jan. 14, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 25, 2013
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Bill Summary

Legal Agricultural Workforce Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a W-visa nonimmigrant classification for temporary agricultural workers.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to establish: (1) a nonimmigrant temporary agricultural worker program (W-visa) which shall include annual numerical limitations and monthly limitations based on enrollment requests, historical agricultural employment needs, and the reports of U.S. workers applying for agricultural employment; and (2) a trust fund to administer and enforce the program and provide a monetary incentive for such workers to return to their countries upon visa expiration.

Sets forth program provisions, including: (1) enrollment requirements, (2) a visa preference allocation system, (3) a biometric identification card requirement, (4) U.S. worker protections, and (5) visa increases due to extraordinary and unusual employment circumstances.

Makes such agricultural workers inelig...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration And Border Security.
Jan. 18, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Jan. 14, 2013 Referred to House Foreign Affairs
Jan. 14, 2013 Referred to House Energy and Commerce
Jan. 14, 2013 Referred to House Education and the Workforce
Jan. 14, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary