NORTH CAROLINA H-2A EVENT
In February 2012, ImmigrationWorks held a symposium at the North Carolina Growers Association – a farmers' cooperative that is the nation's largest user of the H-2A agricultural temporary worker program. The goal of the event: to highlight the need for better, more usable channels for foreign workers to enter the U.S. legally to take jobs for which no U.S workers are available. Participants included state agricultural officials, grower association executives and farmers eager to see how NCGA had made the cumbersome, bureaucratic H-2A program workable for members, as well as congressional staffers and policy advocates focused on how to design a better agricultural visa program. The unanimous conclusion at the end of the day: growing farmer demand for a legal agricultural workforce makes it imperative that Congress devise a better program.