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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Members of Congress tell administration to speed up H-2A applications

Jun 13, 2016
In The News

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.

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