Tag Archives: immigration reform

Immigration Policy and Its Possible Effects on U.S. Agriculture

Source:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/June12/Features/ImmigrationPolicy.htm Changes being considered would affect the market for hired farm labor. Policymakers are considering changes to U.S. immigration law that would affect the market for hired farm labor—including mandatory use of an Internet-based employment eligibility verification system and an expanded program for temporary nonimmigrant foreign-born farmworkers. Labor is an important input to U.S. agriculture—accounting for about 17 percent of the sector’s variable production expenses and roughly 40 percent of such expenses for farms specializing in fruit, vegetables, or nursery products. ERS analysis quantifies the possible effects… Read More →

CA Vineyard Tried to Hire Americans, But It Was a Total Failure, A “Social Experiment Gone Awry”

Excellent commentary related to the immigration problem agriculture faces: “With a nearly 12 percent unemployment rate in California, you’d imagine most job openings would have applicants lined up around the block, but one local man says he had a difficult time keeping almost any workers on the job.John Salisbury owns Salisbury Vineyards in Avila Valley and Paso Robles. He needed 32 grape pickers fast for the harvest season in late September and put the call out for anyone to apply, even if they didn’t have any experience, advertising… Read More →

"If you're not informed, it's your own fault."

ANLA and SAF have done a yeoman’s job of keeping green industry firms informed of what is happening in Washington in terms of the effects of mid-term elections and the critical regulatory and legislative issues facing nursery/floral businesses today. Be sure to check out the Washington Impact section (click here) of the ANLA Knowledge Center and the latest SAF analysis of the effects of mid-term elections on your business (click here). As the saying goes, what you don’t know, can hurt you.

Role of Immigrants in U.S. Labor Market

People born in other countries are a growing presence in the U.S. labor force. In 2009, more than 1 in 7 people in the U.S. labor force were born elsewhere; 15 years earlier, only 1 in 10 was foreign born. About 40 percent of the foreign-born labor force in 2009 was from Mexico and Central America, and more than 25 percent was from Asia. Today CBO released an update to its November 2005 report on the role of immigrants in the U.S. labor market. That earlier report included… Read More →

ANLA Legislative Update

The recent signing of health care reform legislation has brought a renewed national focus on events here in Washington, DC. With a shift in Congress’ attention, ANLA’s government relations team looks to several key issues, and threats, for our industry. Click here to view video updates on immigration reform, health care reform legislation, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and the National Tree Planting Program.

The Effect of Immigration on Productivity

Immigration during the 1990s and the 2000s significantly increased the presence of foreign-born workers in the United States, but the increase was very unequal across states. In The Effect of Immigration on Productivity: Evidence from US States (NBER Working Paper No. 15507), NBER Research Associate Giovanni Peri analyzes state-by-state data to determine the impact of immigration on a variety of labor market outcomes, including employment, average hours worked, and average skill intensity, and on productivity and income per worker. Peri reports a number of distinct findings. First, immigrants… Read More →

New I-9 Form Available

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the new I-9 employment eligibility verification form must be used as of April 3. Click here to read the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) press release. Click here to download the new I-9 form.

Canada welcomes U.S. H-1B skilled workers

According to Tennessee immigration lawyer Greg Siskind, “While our Congress buries its head in the sand and refuses to update our antiquated skilled immigration system, our neighbors to the north are seeking to take advantage of the paralysis. This is just embarrassing.” Alberta, Canada is now actively recruiting dissatisfied high-skilled H-1B workers in the U.S. (discouraged by sometimes waiting 7 or 8 years for a green card), by promising expedited “Permanent Residency in Canada.

Be prepared!

On Wednesday, at the educational sessions of the Southwest Growers Conference, Dr. Marco Palma gave an excellent presentation on “hiring a legal workforce” for nursery and greenhouse operators. Conference attendees were also presented with their very own copy of the newly revised Immigration and Labor Handbook that is hot off the press (click here). As part of the discussion, it was was pointed out that increased I-9 and immigration compliance audits of businesses are expected. To prepare, ANLA has revised their employer audit guide (click here). ANLA also… Read More →

No-Match Saga Continues

In August 2007, a long awaited “no-match letter” regulation from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement was released. It quickly was challenged in court and the rule was barred from taking effect by a federal district court. Yesterday, DHS released a proposed rule that makes very few actual changes to the previously released rule and instead attempts to address procedural questions raised by the court in its preliminary injunction. The rule describes the obligations of employers when they receive no-match letters from the Social Security Administration or receive a… Read More →