Late in 2014, President Obama announced new immigration programs. When we updated this site, the new programs were being challenged in court. If there is more news by the time we see you, we will let you know.
The new programs are only a short term fix. The new programs do not provide permanent lawful status. Also, only some people will be eligible. It does not appear that H-2A workers will be eligible.
For several years now, we have been telling workers that it is possible that there will be a new immigration law that would give some farm workers the chance to become permanent legal residents of the United States. It appears very unlikely that such a law will pass this year or in the near future.
However, there is still a possibility that at some point in the future an immigration law for farmworkers might pass. For now, keep coming to work in the U.S. on the contract. Keep all your U.S. pay stubs, bank deposit slips, contracts, and any other papers that might show how much you worked. Also, write down the names and addresses of your employers and the people you worked with, and keep this information in a safe place. These papers will be very helpful if a law for farm workers ever does pass.
If you would like us to let you know if an immigration law for farmworkers ever does pass, please contact us.