Farm Workforce Modernization Act Protects Migrant Farm WorkersCongress has passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act with several measures to protect immigrant farm workers. In particular, the bill alters the H-2A temporary worker program to make it easier for alien farm workers and their families to stay in the U.S.
A key feature of the bill is that The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can grant certified agricultural worker (CAW) status to an applying alien who:
- performed at least 1,035 hours of agricultural labor during the two-year period prior to March 8, 2021
- on that date was inadmissible, deportable, or under a grant of deferred enforced departure or temporary protected status
- has been continuously present in the United States from that date until receiving CAW status.
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