The Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) continues to mark-up S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The Committee is likely to consider the agricultural sections later today. Yesterday, Monday, the SJC completed its work debating and amending Title III (interior enforcement) and began work on Title II, addressing legalization and future immigration. Title II contains the farmworker immigration compromise, including both the earned legalization blue card program and the new nonimmigrant agricultural worker W3 and W4 visa programs.
Farmworker Justice is very pleased that yesterday’s mark-up included the adoption of Sen. Blumenthal’s amendments 3, 4, and 5 which add needed provisions to ensure the effectiveness of Subtitle F, entitled Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Abuses Involving Workers Recruited Abroad. Subtitle F aims to curb trafficking and labor abuses during the recruitment of foreign citizens for employment in the U.S. under visa programs such as the H-2A agricultural guestworker program and the new W3 and W4 visas. Abuse in the international recruitment of workers across visa programs is rampant and in its worst form results in forced labor and human trafficking.
Read the full posting for a breakdown of additional amendments.