Farmworker Justice strongly opposes the misleadingly-named “Keep Food Local and Affordable Act of 2021” (S.3134 and H.R.5887), which was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Tillis (R-NC), Boozman (R-AR), Cruz (R-TX) and Cornyn (R-TX) and in the House by Rep. Steube (R-FL). The bill would require the Department of Labor to freeze the required wage rates for the H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program at 2021 levels in the majority of states. As farmworker wages have been rising, this would essentiallylowerthe wage that H-2A and corresponding U.S. workers can expect to earn in 2022. Farmworkers – whose jobs are already among the lowest paid in the country– do not deservea pay cut.