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House Passes the Farm Workforce Modernization Act on Bipartisan Vote
Wall Street Journal writer Siobhan Hughes reported on Thursday that, “The House passed two bills providing pathways to citizenship for certain categories of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, in a show of bipartisan support for narrow measures that still risk getting tied up in a long-running impasse over how to repair the immigration system.
“By 228-197, the House voted to create a path to citizenship for young immigrants known as Dreamers who came to the U.S. before the age of 19 and have lived in the country illegally, as well as hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. under a humanitarian program that provides temporary protection to people suffering from extraordinary conditions like war or natural disasters.”
The Journal article added that,
A second bill, passed by a vote of 247-174 with 30 Republicans in favor and a single Democrat against, sets out a path to citizenship for farmworkers in the country illegally and their family members.
“Both bills have been expected to pass the Democratic-led House with support from some Republicans sympathetic to the people affected, seeing them as being in the country through no fault of their own or as essential members of the workforce.
“The fate of both bills in the evenly divided Democratic-led Senate is uncertain.”
Farmworkers have sustained the nation during this pandemic. House passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a step toward bringing them much-needed certainty. @MikeCrapo and I look forward to introducing companion legislation in the Senate. pic.twitter.com/hnHoqwZ76M— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) March 19, 2021
New York Times writer Nicholas Fandos reported on Thursday that, “The Farm Workforce Modernization Act deals with groups seldom seen or noticed by much of the public: the scores of migrant agricultural workers who grow and harvest much of the country’s food supply.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act just passed in the House 274 to 174. House Ag Ranking Member @CongressmanGT says there is still room for improvement as the Senate takes up the measure. pic.twitter.com/o2igldrveL— Emily Buck (@EmilyABuck) March 19, 2021
“Unlike the Dreamers bill, it is the product of lengthy bipartisan negotiations and haggling with farmworkers and their employers. The resulting compromise would create a program for farmworkers, their spouses and their children to gain legal status if they continue to work in agriculture and pay a $1,000 fine; alter the temporary agricultural worker visa program to stabilize wage fluctuation and include the dairy industry; and institute a mandatory, national E-Verify program for employers to confirm individuals are qualified to work.
I'm urging my colleagues to support The #FarmWorkforceModernizationAct, so we can perfect the legislation in the Senate, send it to the President’s desk, and deliver historic and meaningful reforms for American agriculture. pic.twitter.com/klpTa3at4j— Rep. Dan Newhouse (@RepNewhouse) March 18, 2021
“Proponents of the bill say the changes will help bring hundreds of thousands of farmworkers out of the shadows, preserve the flow of migrant workers who are willing to do hard labor that Americans increasingly will not and promote stability in the nation’s food supply that has become more urgent during the pandemic.”
I would like to thank @RepNewhouse for his tireless work on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a comprehensive & balanced solution for America’s farms. pic.twitter.com/L9XB88zeOM— Rep. Zoe Lofgren (@RepZoeLofgren) March 18, 2021
Associated Press writer Alan Fram reported on Friday that, “Nine House Republicans joined all Democrats in voting for the Dreamers measure but 30 GOP lawmakers backed the farm workers bill, giving it a more bipartisan hue.”
Undocumented farm workers feed America and have been on the frontlines of this pandemic making sure we have food on our tables. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act provides a path to citizenship for these essential workers. I urge Congress to pass the bill.— President Biden (@POTUS) March 18, 2021
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act addresses the nation’s future labor needs by modernizing an outdated system for temporary workers, while ensuring fair wages and safer workplace conditions. I strongly support the passage of this bill. pic.twitter.com/YsvxfgwYse— Secretary Tom Vilsack (@SecVilsack) March 18, 2021
And Bloomberg writers Laura Litvan and Billy House reported on Thursday that, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has adopted a piecemeal approach to immigration, lacking the votes for President Joe Biden’s more comprehensive proposal.
“But even the narrow bills on the House floor Thursday face a tougher sell in the Senate where they would need the support of at least 10 Republicans under the chamber’s current rules.”
Our bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed the House today in a critical step forward to provide stability for Central Coast farmworkers and agriculture producers. As the Representative for the Salad Bowl of the World, I will keep fighting for our farm workforce. pic.twitter.com/aZwHI7h46L— Rep. Jimmy Panetta (@RepJimmyPanetta) March 19, 2021
The Bloomberg article pointed out that, “Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said this week that Biden’s comprehensive plan would have a tough time passing in this Congress — and even the House’s piecemeal measures are in doubt in the Senate.”
Providing a path to legal status to farm workers for the betterment of our country is long overdue. American agriculture needs a reliable legal workforce and farm workers deserve to be treated as the essential workers they are. pic.twitter.com/nTemQV5qHV— Rep. Jim Costa (@RepJimCosta) March 19, 2021
Thursday’s article noted that, ‘There was more bipartisan support for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, H.R. 1603, which would provide temporary status for certain agricultural workers. It would create a pathway for workers to get a green card by paying a $1,000 fine and engaging in additional agricultural work, depending on how long they’ve had jobs on U.S. farms. It would also streamline the process of getting a temporary visa for farm work and require electronic employment verification.
My dad was a farmworker and he brought us to the US to give us a better life & shot at the American Dream.— Rep. Salud Carbajal (@RepCarbajal) March 19, 2021
Today, I gaveled in passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act which provides legal status to undocumented farmworkers.
How it started How it's going pic.twitter.com/MvIAzVd1HB
“Pennsylvania Representative Glenn Thompson, the ranking Republican on the Agriculture Committee, said he was voting for the bill, but he hopes the Senate would improve it to better resolve the shortage of legal workers for the nation’s ranchers, farms and dairies.”