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AgJOBS amnesty/indentured servitude bill (Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act)

The AgJOBS bill ("Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act") is an amnesty for farmworkers that, as have past amnesties, could be abused by criminals and terrorists (p.47).

The bill has an indentured servitude component: it would keep the newly-legalized on the farm for a few years if they wanted to be able to get on the path to citizenship. Once legalized, former illegal alien farm workers would be able to compete for any job for which they're qualified: cashier, nurse, teacher, whatever. The AgJOBS solution amounts to indentured servitude: keep them on the farm if they want to eventually become citizens.

Last modified Jun 29, 2011
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USDA: millions fewer illegal aliens wouldn't devastate agriculture (farm labor supply economic models, guest workers) - 06/12/12

... H2A program as mandated by the AgJOBS bill. * One in which the "unauthorized" labor supply has fallen by 5.8 million people. That would be due to the use of eVerify as mandated by the Legal Workforce Act (HR 2885). The vast majority of those the USDA calls "unauthorized" are illegal aliens. Both projections are over a time period of 15 years. Compare the impacts shown in the table to the...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011: new amnesty push from Leahy, Menendez, Durbin, Reid, Schumer, Kerry, Gillibrand - 06/23/11

... The CIRA2011 also includes the AgJobs bill and the anti-American DREAM Act. The latter would allow the illegal aliens covered by it to take college educations away from some U.S. citizens. 4. Opposing the bill should be easy, but recent experience shows otherwise. In December of last year, the DREAM Act failed but it also wasn't that strongly opposed. For instance, the teapartiers barely opposed...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010: Robert Menendez' amnesty - 09/30/10

... are left as an exercise. 9. The AgJOBS amnesty is included, as is the anti-American DREAM Act amnesty. 10. It includes a "Blue Card Status", which appears to be some kind of amnesty for farmworkers. 11. And, finally, the kicker of kickers, it has a general amnesty allowing illegal aliens to obtain "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" status. They can then convert that into LPR and get on the "path to...

Mike Thomas of Orlando Sentinel supports exploitation of farm workers to keep prices low (UFW's anti-American takeourjobs) - 07/14/10

Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel offers "If illegal immigrants go, produce prices would skyrocket" (link), a breezy attempt to put a happy face on the United Farmworkers of America's anti-American, pro-exploitation takeourjobs effort. The UFW's satire dares Americans to take farmworker jobs, falsely claiming that Americans are too lazy to do hard work. At the same time as smearing Americans,...

Reid-Schumer-Menendez immigration plan: biometric IDs and amnesty with border enforcement as bait - 04/29/10

Sens. Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, and Bob Menendez have released the outlines of their own comprehensive immigration reform plan; a PDF is available here. The first, tough-talking part deals with increased border security; see this for some of the ways it's misleading. After having increased border security, an amnesty will be enacted.

Michael Steele, extremist and Mexico-linked illegal immigration supporters to meet March 31 (after sit-in) - 03/30/10

... licenses for illegal aliens and AgJobs in a letter signed by many other groups)... * Eun Sook Lee of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (opposes immigration enforcement)... * Julien Ross of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (wants that state to accept the Matricula Consular card, an ID practically guaranteeing that the bearer is here illegally)... Others at the...

McCain still supports amnesty, says probably won't pass; Western Growers wants subsidized labor - 01/22/10

... year. He also said that passing AgJOBS is impossible to pass in 2010 as a standalone bill but only as a part of a CIR bill. And: (Tom Nassif) said the Western Growers provided McCain with policy papers on the group’s concerns, including health care costs for seasonal workers and undocumented workers. Western Growers would prefer that part-time seasonal workers be exempt from insurance...

Read about CIR ASAP: "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009" (Luis Gutierrez) - 12/11/09

... notes that the bill includes AgJOBS, the DREAM Act, and his "Proud to be an American Citizen Act" (link). * Proud former MEChA member Rep. Raul Grijalva (link). * The AFL CIO, which says that it includes the following from their "joint framework for immigration reform" (link): - An inclusive and effective solution that allows a path for undocumented immigrants to come forward and regularize...

Grover Norquist group's loony libertarian immigration ideas - 06/01/09

On Friday, RedState front-paged the Brian Johnson article "Conservative Immigration Reform is Right Next to Unicorns and Leprechauns" [1]. At first you might think he's just some random libertarian loon, until you see the article in its original location at the "Alliance for Worker Freedom" [2]. Scrolling to the bottom, you see that AWF is a member of the H2B Workforce Coalition and the Essential...

Andrew Rosenthal/NYT supports AgJobs (indentured servitude bill) - 05/16/09

... supports the recently re-introduced AgJobs farmworker amnesty/indentured servitude bill: Because it’s hard to find Americans willing to endure the heat, cold and misery of stooping in the fields - or the low wages - growers overwhelmingly use undocumented workers. An estimated 75 percent or more of the agricultural work force is here illegally. This is bad for everybody. Undocumented workers are...

Feinstein re-introduces AgJobs farmworker amnesty/indentured servitude bill - 05/14/09

... Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act" (AgJobs) farmworker amnesty plan [1] with sixteen co-sponsors [2]. Consider these listed features: # Undocumented agriculture workers would be eligible for a “blue card” if they can demonstrate having worked in American agriculture for at least 150 work days (or 863 hours) over the previous two years before December 31, 2008. # The blue card holder...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushing AgJobs amnesty, attached to Iraq bill - 05/15/08

Via this we find this: Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) obtained passage today of an amendment to the Iraq supplemental appropriations bill to provide partial amnesty for illegal immigrants working in agriculture. The amendment would provide legal status for 1.35 million agricultural workers and lessen current protections for Americans and new foreign workers taking agricultural jobs.

Dianne Feinstein's "Emergency Agriculture Relief Act of 2008": mini-AgJobs - 04/01/08

... tried to enact the more sweeping AgJobs amnesty. Feinstein spokesman Scott Gerber pretends that the endless propaganda about crops rotting in the fields is anything other than an attempt to gain cheaper labor. You can send a FAX about this here; perhaps you could suggest that she sticks to doing things like this instead.

Bush admin's new massive guest worker program (H-2A overhaul) - 02/06/08

The Bush administration wants a massive "guest" worker program, and if they can't get it through legislation they'll do it by revamping a program that already exists, H-2A.

Dianne Feinstein drops AgJobs amnesty, doesn't have the votes - 11/06/07

... didn't have the votes to add the AgJobs farmworker amnesty to the Farm Bill: "When we took a clear-eyed assessment of the politics of the farm bill and the defeat of the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, it became clear that our support could not sustain these competing forces... [because of this] we will continue to see labor shortages far into the future. Fruit will rot. Crops...

AgJobs amnesty: on Farm Bill next week? - 11/01/07

... Feinstein might try to attach the AgJobs amnesty (info) to the Farm Bill, which apparently will be voted on next week.

Jeff Sessions warns: AgJOBS, DREAM Act amnesties as amendments - 09/12/07

From this: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., a leading immigration policy critic, said Wednesday that amendments planned for upcoming legislation could put more than 4 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. ...Sessions warned colleagues in a letter that legislation (S 774) labeled the DREAM Act that would allow states to provide college benefits to illegal immigrants could be offered...

Feinstein, Reid, growers to push AgJobs amnesty (yes, again) - 08/23/07

... she promised to bring back the AgJobs farmworkers amnesty scheme, which would cover at least 1.5 current illegal aliens. Harry Reid already promised to bring it back, perhaps attached to some other bill such as the Farm Bill. Step one in the plan for passage calls for farmers and their allies to emphasize anew the dangers of losing an agricultural work force. They've been working on that for a...

Larry Craig on no-match: without "reform" it's the end of the American Dream - 08/13/07

... a Rotary Club to promote his AgJobs amnesty: Pressure to pass immigration reform will intensify as millions of undocumented workers lose jobs as a result of a crackdown by the Social Security Administration, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said Thursday...

Dianne Feinstein: either pass "reform", or allow illegal immigration (acropalypse!) - 08/11/07

... immigration laws to promote the AgJobs amnesty. Reading between the lines, she's saying that if that doesn't pass, she's willing to support illegal immigration. Is she little more than an enabler of crooked growers?

Carlos Gutierrez, Larry Craig get plaques from American Nursery and Landscape Association - 07/30/07

... floor in an attempt to introduce AgJOBS provisions, agricultural worker immigration reform, in response to anti-immigrant language introduced into the Farm Bill... ...The partners include ANLA, OFA (An Association of Floriculture Professionals), the Irrigation Association (IA), the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), ANLA’s Lighthouse Partner state associations, the Horticultural Research...

Agrigeddon! WSJ says fewer cukes being grown this year - 07/20/07

... which is designed to promote the AgJOBS amnesty. The tale is not to be taken seriously and is presented here only because it's so funny: ...This spring, labor shortages forced Michigan growers to leave asparagus rotting in the fields, while farmers in North Carolina lost nearly a third of their cucumber crop last year. They're growing fewer cukes this summer... Growers who can't find enough...

Jeff Flake: STRIVE Act (House amnesty) doesn't have a prayer. But... - 07/19/07

Some comments from Rep. Jeff Flake ("Smiley"; R-AZ) on the Flake-Gutierrez STRIVE Act (House amnesty) are here. Asked whether it has a chance: Not a prayer. No, I just don't see the Democrats wanting to take it up. I mean with the Senate bill dead I just don't think there's going to be any serious comprehensive legislation to move. There may be some political statement legislation or some single...

Alan Bjerga/Bloomberg propaganda: wheat farmers want cheap foreign labor - 07/04/07

For years, newspapers have been printing outright propaganda pieces with growers complaining that unless they get cheap foreign labor crops will rot in the fields. However, Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg offers a new twist: this time it's wheat farmers doing the whining ("U.S. Wheat Farmers Face Grim Harvests as Immigration Bill Dies", link).

Democrats next immigration move: pass AgJobs, anti-American DREAM Act - 06/29/07

Yesterday, Senator Barbara Boxer issued the following release regarding the failed Bush-Kennedy-Senate immigratiom amnesty bill [1]: "I decided to vote yes on cloture today because I felt that if the policies in this bill were carried out properly, the result would be a strengthening of our border security, the rescue of our agriculture industry, and the acknowledgment that hardworking...

STRIVE Act: MALDEF, Juan Hernandez, ANLA support; Chertoff kinda - 03/24/07

Without refering to Flake-Gutierrez specifically, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff reiterated his support for "guest" worker scheme: "[The new laws should] bring them out, register them ... and make sure as a condition that they pay their debt to society for having broken the law... What I'm talking about is a common sense policy... We have to be tough. We have to be humane.

H.R.1645 Summary, Co-Sponsors, Full Text (Flake, Gutierrez, HR1645, STRIVE Act) - 03/24/07

The official summary of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy ("STRIVE Act", aka HR1645, aka H.R. 1645, aka HR 1645, aka the "Flake-Gutierrez Massive Illegal Alien Amnesty of 2007") is here. The full text and other details are available here.

Jeff Flake, Luis Gutierrez to introduce amnesty bill in House - 03/20/07

... provision. _Agriculture. The AgJobs legislation introduced in the House and Senate would be included. This would give a path to legalization and citizenship to an estimated 5 million agriculture workers. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., have been especially pushing this provision. Feinstein has said she would prefer to start with this plan instead of a...

American Nursery and Landscape Association: green thumbs up for Bush immigration plan - 01/28/07

The American Nursery and Landscape Association joins the other groups issuing press communiques relating to Bush's SOTU speech, in which he (for the umpteenth time) promoted a "guest" worker plan and amnesty for illegal aliens.

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation making signs for day laborers? - 01/11/07

Is part of the mandate of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation - funded by the federal agency the Legal Services Corporation - to help day laborers make signs?

Fight the AgJobs amnesty (precursor to full amnesty) - 01/11/07

... House and Senate reintroduced the AgJobs bill that would give amnesty to up to 1.5 million illegal alien farmworkers. In addition to the names previously mentioned: Last year's chairman of the House immigration subcommittee, Indiana Republican John Hostetler, staunchly opposed guest-worker bills. He was not re-elected in November.

Feinstein, Larry Craig to push AgJobs (illegal alien farmworker amnesty) - 01/09/07

... appears to be a new version of AgJobs, and: The bill would create a pilot program allowing people who have worked in agriculture for at least 150 days a year for three years, or 100 days per year for five years, to apply for a green card. It would grant legal status to no more than 1.5 million workers over five years, some of whom could apply for citizenship. The rest of the article consists of...

Miranda Vagg transcribes growers pining for cheap labor - 10/10/06

Miranda Vagg of the "Greater Niagara Newspapers" group (printed in New York's "Lockport Union-Sun & Journal") offers a slab of pro-illegal immigration propaganda called "IMMIGRATION RAIDS: Local farmers reeling from busts".

California Rural Legal Assistance violated federal law? - 09/15/06

The inspector general of the federal Legal Services Corporation has issued a report highly critical of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), which is funded by LSC. He: found "substantial evidence the CRLA has violated federal law" by soliciting clients, working a fee-generating case, requesting attorney fees and associating with political activities...

Larry Craig to lead "Secure Our Borders and Our Economy" rally - 09/11/06

Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) and friends will be holding a "rally" on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and demanding "comprehensive" immigration "reform". From their press release: A group of lawmakers, business leaders and agriculture producers will gather on Capitol Hill to demand Border Security be paired with Immigration Reform.

Larry Craig voters unhappy over his support for illegal immigration - 08/23/06

From the article "Craig shouted down at feisty forum on immigration": A town hall meeting with Sen.

Immigration laws squeeze cherry, grape farmers; Mike Johanns - 07/01/06

Various newspapers have printed an infinite series of propaganda featuring various growers complaining about how their crops are rotting in the fields because of a lack of cheap foreign serf labor.

Mexicans demand citizenship rights... in Aurora, Illinois - 09/26/05

"Nearly" one thousand people - many or most of them illegal aliens from Mexico and other countries - marched through Aurora IL demanding that House Speaker Dennis Hastert support the Kennedy-McCain massive amnesty scheme. The march was organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. See the link for more information on that organization.

Citizenship and Immigration Ombudsman is fmr prez of AILA chapter - 09/21/05

The Ombudsman of the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services is a former President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association: ...the AILA is directed by approximately 100 associates who also serve as members of the pro-Communist National Lawyers Guild... AILA has joined with other leftwing groups to denounce, in their entirety,...

Throw another PIIPP on the pile - 07/26/05

[A "PIIPP" is a "pro-illegal immigration puff piece".