H.R.242 - Legal Agricultural Workforce Act113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] (Introduced 01/14/2013)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary; Education and the Workforce; Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs|
|Latest Action:||01/25/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration And Border Security.|
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Summary: H.R.242 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (01/14/2013)
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 ineligible for need-based federal financial assistance.