Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

CHAIRMAN BISHOP SUPPORTS FOOD PRODUCERS, WORKERS, AND CONSUMERS

Mar 17, 2020
Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the lack of workers due to the suspension of nonimmigrant visa processing at the U.S.-Mexico border:

“I had a conference call with Secretary Perdue and other agriculture stakeholders about the lack of guest workers to harvest crops during the coronavirus pandemic due to the closure of our southern border. Without guest labor, American agriculture producers will lose millions of dollars in unharvested crops, negatively impacting food security for American consumers. Secretary Perdue assured us that they are working with the Departments of Labor, State, and other agencies to facilitate availability of needed workers without compromising our efforts to stop the pandemic. Precautions must be taken to ensure migrant workers enter and remain healthy to avoid negative impacts on public health, food security, and the economy.”

Farmers looking for updates on the status of H2A workers can go here.