On Wednesday, June 19, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a “mark-up” to debate, amend and vote on H.R. 1773.
Please tell House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte (VA), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA) and Rep. Darrell Issa (CA) to OPPOSE the Goodlatte “Agricultural Guestworker Act,” H.R. 1773.
This bill would establish a new H-2C agricultural guestworker program that would result in massive job losses for current U.S. workers, lower farmworkers’ wages, eliminate labor protections that have existed for decades, minimize government oversight, allow exploitation of vulnerable guestworkers, and deprive farmworkers of meaningful access to the justice system.
The bill would not allow U.S. farmworkers who feed us every day to earn green cards or the opportunity for citizenship over time. It does not fix our broken immigration system; it would make it far worse.
This anti-worker, anti-immigrant and inhumane bill is inconsistent with the humane approach taken by the Senate “Gang of Eight” in the tough but acceptable agricultural compromise on agricultural workers in the bipartisan immigration proposal, S.744.
Take action today and urge Congressmen Goodlatte, McCarthy, and Issa to support the agricultural compromise and oppose the backwards Goodlatte bill, H.R. 1773. We need to go forward, not backwards.