Current U.S. Policy

Along with the new immigration reform being reviewed by the United States’ Congress, the current administration is focusing their efforts on cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers. They believe it is important that American businesses only employ people legally authorized to work in the United States. Businesses that knowingly employ undocumented workers are exploiting the system to gain an advantage over businesses that play by the rules. The administration’s new policy proposal is designed to stop these unfair hiring practices and hold these companies accountable.

To ensure employers are hiring people who are legally allowed to work in the U.S., the administration is proposing a new electronic database employers can turn to in order to make sure their employees are here legally.

In addition to cracking down on employers hiring undocumented workers, the current administration is also cracking down on violent and felony offenders. Those who are convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor will be deported; however, with the proposed immigration reform, those folks who are here illegally without any convictions would be able to stay once they obtain the proper paperwork.

The U.S. government has not yet approved this Immigration Reform proposal, but Congress is debating the legislation. If the proposal is approved, however, each case may be handled on a case-by-case basis. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, if you need immigration help for your specific situation, seek out a Board of Immigrant Appeals accredited representative or an immigration lawyer.

The Voice of the Fields will make sure to keep our readers up-to-date on these topics, should any important information for farmworkers arise.