Foreign farm worker visas backlogged following government shutdown
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – The government
shutdown might be over but it's effects could linger for quite some time.
Here at home, the winter harvest
season is in jeopardy because the shutdown backed up the application process
for visas for foreign farm workers.
Unless the government can put a rush
on processing thousands of work visas currently on backlog, Yuma
and Imperial County farmers could be in serious
financial trouble if there aren't enough migrant farm workers to pick the area's
$3 billion winter harvest crops.
According to Jason Resnick with the
Western Growers Association, there are more than 3,000 applications that still
need to be approved.
This comes just weeks before the
winter harvest season begins.
Usually, the application process for
an H2A Visa takes about six weeks.
They have to be approved by four
different federal and state agencies.
However, the 16-day government
shutdown will nearly double the time for applications to get approved.
Resnick said there are not enough
workers in the United States to harvest the crops so if the visas are not
approved, crops will go bad, supply will be low and prices for vegetables will
Resnick also says Arizona
congressional leaders have sent letters to the federal government asking to
expedite the application process.
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