Immigration law: Few changes expected...

Immigration law: Few changes expected, Baldwin County officials tell farmers

There are 8 comments on the Alabama Live story from Feb 29, 2012, titled Immigration law: Few changes expected, Baldwin County officials tell farmers. In it, Alabama Live reports that:

Baldwin County legislators don't expect the state's immigration law to be overturned or changed in a major way, but area farmers, educators and others said local businesses and residents have been hit hard by the act.

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De Soto, KS

#1 Feb 29, 2012
As it should be!

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#2 Feb 29, 2012
Tell these greedy farmers to HIRE AMERICAN. Everyone is sick of these millionaire farmers insisting they be allowed to break the law and hire illegals!!! Hang all farmers and shoot all illegals.

“Assimilate & Speak English!”

Since: Jan 07

Lansing, IL - now: Pomp Bch FL

#3 Feb 29, 2012
The only ones who have been "hit hard" are those illegally hiring illegal aliens! And who cares if criminals are "hit hard"? Not me! If they can't stay in business without hiring illegal aliens, then they shouldn't be in business in the first place.

Crest Hill, IL

#4 Feb 29, 2012
H2A H2A H2A... ad nauseum

“Illegals Go Home!”

Since: Jul 08

Fluffy Bunny Town

#5 Feb 29, 2012
I certainly hope they don't makie any changes to the law! Illegal aliens should not be here.

“Gloria Ad Caput Venire”

Since: Jan 08

Trump 2016 and beyond

#6 Feb 29, 2012
Enforcement is the only acceptable option..
Attrition will be the result.....

Since: Apr 10

Houston, TX

#7 Mar 1, 2012
“We’ve got Americans who won’t come out and work for $15 an hour,” he said.“We’ve got stuff that needs to be done and we can’t depend on Americans.”

Then how about legal non Americans?

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#8 Mar 1, 2012
"“We’ve got Americans who won’t come out and work for $15 an hour,” he said.“We’ve got stuff that needs to be done and we can’t depend on Americans.”




There are two general requirements to obtain workers on H-2A visas. First,
the employer must demonstrate that there are not sufficient able, willing
and qualified US workers available at the time and place needed. Second, the
employer must show the use of foreign workers will not create an adverse
effect on the wages or working conditions of similarly employed US workers.
Farmworkers generally receive either an hourly wage or are paid by the
piece. However, under the H-2A program H-2A workers must be offered the same
wage as US workers. This has been interpreted to mean the higher of the

· The industry's prevailing wage in the relevant labor market,

· The state or federal minimum wage, or

· The "adverse effect wage rate"

The adverse effect wage rate, or AEWR, is currently set at the prior year's
average hourly wage for agricultural and livestock workers determined by the
Department of Agriculture. For workers who are paid by the piece, if their
wages are not equal to the AEWR, the employer must make up the difference.
On or before each day when the H-2A worker is paid, the employer must
provide the worker with an earnings statement detailing the alien's total
earnings, whether the alien is paid hourly or by the piece, the hours of
work offered, and the hours actually worked.

Employers are required to provide H-2A workers with a number of benefits.

· The employee must be provided with transportation to and from the worker's
temporary home to the workplace.

· When the contract period is up, the employer must provide the worker with
transportation home or to their next workplace.

· Employers must provide housing to all H-2A workers who do not commute. The
housing must be inspected by the Department of Labor and must meet minimum
federal standards for temporary labor camps.

· The employer must either provide three meals a day or facilities in which
the worker can prepare food.

· The employer must also provide any tools and supplies necessary to perform
the work.

· The employer must also provide workers' compensation insurance to H-2A


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