Just because House Democrats are laser-focused on the impeachment of Donald Trump, it doesn’t mean they are taking a holiday from their typical shenanigans. Indeed, in passing a bill on Wednesday said to modernize the farming industry’s workforce, the House of Representatives took a major stab at putting together a massive amnesty bill for illegal immigrant workers.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act has within it a number of provisions that will delight immigration activists and anger anyone who voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The bill lays out a path for undocumented farmworkers to seek out a permit that gives them the title of “Certified Agriculture Worker.” This magical status – available to any migrant who has worked in the industry for six months over the last couple of years – confers upon its holder a five-and-a-half-year reprieve from deportation. How novel! How grand!
Unbelievably, the bill’s Democrat proponents are calling it a “compromise.”
“This bill is a compromise, it’s not exactly what I would have written but it does stabilize the workforce,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). “We have farmworkers who have been here for a very long time without their papers, living in fear and in some cases being arrested and deported. We need to allow them to get an agricultural visa that is temporary and renewable so they can do the work we need them to do and their employers need them to do. We need to stabilize the H-2A program, which this bill does. It simplifies it and also stabilizes wages.”
In a statement opposing the bill, Dan Stein of the Federation for American Immigration Reform said it was simultaneously weakening our border laws and giving the farm industry a license to exploit immigrant labor.
“The only thing worse than another large-scale amnesty is one that then forces people to continue to toil for poor wages and under poor working conditions for the same unscrupulous employers who hired them illegally in the first place,” said Stein. “While Congress continues to do nothing to secure our borders, passing a bill that rewards both illegal aliens and their employers, and calling it ‘modernization,’ is a slap in the face to the plurality of Americans who consider immigration to be the nation’s most pressing domestic issue.”
That this bill has any Republican support at all is a crying shame, and a clear sign that voters in certain districts need to get pickier when it comes to sending representatives to Washington.