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House Judiciary passes guest worker program

The House Judiciary Committee today passed the Agricultural Guest Worker Act, which is expected to be a part of immigration reform in the House. The vote was 20 to 16.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said that the passage of what he calls the AG Act “takes us one step closer to providing American farmers with a workable and reliable guest worker program.”

But the United Farm Workers said the bill “would create a ‘servants-only’ guest worker program for farm workers reminiscent of the infamous 1942-1964 bracero guest worker program.”