Members of Congress tell administration to speed up H-2A applications
More than 100 members of the U.S. House have written to the Obama administration in an effort to speed up the processing of foreign guestworker visas.
Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.; Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga.; and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., led 98 other House members in a bipartisan letter to administration officials urging them to adhere to regulations requiring them to process H-2A-visa foreign guestworker applications in a timely manner.
Administrative breakdowns in processing are impacting growers’ ability to hire legal seasonal workers in time for planting and harvest, the members wrote in a June 10 letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Leon Rodriguez, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.