Temporary workers visa program grows in western Idaho
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — On a cold Saturday afternoon in February, two dozen men wearily exited two white vans at Farmway Village in Caldwell, stretching their legs and fumbling for luggage. After a two-day drive from the Mexican border town of Nogales to the Treasure Valley, they were all likely looking forward to a hot meal, shower and rest.
US agency sues Colorado-based Crop Production Services
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice sued Loveland-based Crop Production Services, claiming the company refused to hire at least three workers because they are U.S. citizens and instead hired foreign temporary workers.
The Reporter-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2fHv1XM ) the lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges Crop Production Services violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by showing preference to noncitizens under the H-2A visa program.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will offer an extra 15,000 temporary, seasonal work visas this budget year.
The extra H-2B visas are for seasonal, non-agriculture workers for jobs at a variety of businesses, including resorts. The extra visas will be available to companies that can how that their businesses would be harmed if they can't temporarily hire foreigner workers.
The Trump Organization is among the businesses that use the visas.
US to issue more temporary worker visas this summer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has decided to offer extra visas for temporary, seasonal workers, a department spokesman said Wednesday.
DHS spokesman David Lapan said Homeland Security John Kelly hasn't decided how many visas will be offered but that number should be set soon. Lapan said the department expects to start issuing visas as soon as late July.
Vermont discusses concerns about immigrant farmworkers
WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont agriculture officials are discussing how to replace immigrant farmworkers, who are key to the success of the state's dairy industry, should they be targeted under the Trump administration's immigrant policy.
The state has about 1,000 Latino farm workers who are working or seeking work, and many are likely living in the country illegally, said Erin Shea, migrant education program director for the University of Vermont Extension Service.