Regulatory changes announced in early February by the Departments of Labor, Homeland Security and Agriculture would reduce the limitations and delays associated with H-2A visas for temporary farmhands. The new rules would let employers apply for H-2As directly with the Labor Department rather than having to file both federal and state requests. Federal officials who promulgated the regulations touted them as a way to curb illegal immigration, protect legal employees and help farmers, who have been straining from labor shortages while crops rot in the field. But immigration proponents condemn the rule changes, asserting that they will result in lower wages and poor working conditions for foreign workers.
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