Better Immigration Laws could help lower food prices
Farmers in the U.S.
Are pushing towards immigration reform because it will ease labor shortages and lower food prices.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act,
Already passed by the House and currently in the Senate,
Would provide farmers with reliable employees by making a path to citizenship for undocumented agricultural workers and reforming seasonal farmworker visa programs. Currently,
The labor shortage which has been worsened due to the pandemic has resulted in a 10% increase in food costs compared to last year. The Senate version of the legislation would expand the H-2A temporary work visa program to provide undocumented farmworkers year-round work-based residency with an eventual pathway to citizenship.
The farm operators say the Farm Workforce Modernization Act will give them a stable, reliable workforce by creating a path to citizenship for undocumented agricultural workers and reforming the seasonal farmworker visa program.