Text: H.R.1778 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1778


To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a special rule for the period of admission of H–2A nonimmigrants employed as dairy workers and sheepherders, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 14, 2019

Mr. Brindisi (for himself and Mr. Joyce of Pennsylvania) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a special rule for the period of admission of H–2A nonimmigrants employed as dairy workers and sheepherders, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Dairy and Sheep H–2A Visa Enhancement Act”.

SEC. 2. Nonimmigrant status for dairy workers and sheepherders.

Section 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a)) is amended by inserting after “abandoning” the following: “who is coming temporarily to the United States to perform agricultural labor or services as a sheepherder or dairy worker, or”.

SEC. 3. Special rule for period of admission of H–2A nonimmigrants employed as sheepherders or dairy workers.

Section 218(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1188(h)) is amended by adding at the end of the following:

“(3) In the case of an alien admitted as an H–2A worker for employment as a dairy worker or sheepherder—

“(A) the initial period of admission shall be for a period of 3 years;

“(B) the period of admission may be extended for additional periods of 3 years; and

“(C) no period of absence from the United States may be required as a condition of approval of an extension under subparagraph (B).”.

SEC. 4. Workers engaged in the range production of livestock.

The Secretary of Labor shall issue regulations that address the specific requirements for the provision of housing to workers engaged in the range production of livestock.

SEC. 5. Range production of livestock.

Nothing in section 218 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1188) shall preclude the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security from continuing to apply special procedures and requirements to the admission and employment of aliens in occupations involving the range production of livestock.