Fact sheet on the Better Agricultural Resources Now (BARN) Act

On March 24, 2023, Rep. Allen (R-GA), re-introduced the “Better Agricultural Resources Now Act” (BARN), which would amend the H-2A program to remove important government oversight and to slash labor protections that are needed to protect both U.S. workers and guestworkers.

Interactive Map of DOL FY2022 H-2A Certification Data

Data analysis and visualization of Department of Labor FY2022 H-2A Certification Data

FACT SHEETS: New H-2A Rule Makes Progress on Worker Protections, But Further Reforms Needed

Farmworkers thin apples on trees in a Washington State apple orchard. Alberto Rodriguez is the foreman of the crew Copyright David Bacon

On October 12, 2022, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule amending the regulations of the H-2A temporary agricultural work visa program (the “2022 H-2A Rule”). Farmworker Justice welcomes the 2022 H-2A Rule’s limited improvements to worker protections and the standards that prospective H-2A employers must meet to obtain DOL certification. The impact of other changes, such as a new methodology for critically important prevailing wage determinations, remains unclear.

What is clear is that this rule does not go far enough to make the structural reforms that are necessary to confront the widespread abuse of US and foreign farmworkers in the H-2A program. The H-2A visa puts a worker’s legal status under the control of their employer, creating a power imbalance that too often results in exploitation and violation of workers’ rights. These workers need more than limited technical changes to achieve a truly safe and fair workplace[…]

Read Farmworker Justice’s fact sheets to learn more:

ILRWG Letter on H-2A Dairy Amendment

2020 Dairy H-2A ILRWG Letter

Letter from the International Labor Recruitment Working Group (ILRWG), of which Farmworker Justice is a member, opposing substantive H-2 riders in the appropriations process.