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House Judiciary reschedules immigration markup, Valadao and Farr opposed

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup of H.R. 1773, the “Agricultural Guestworker Act,” at 1 p.m. today in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.

The markup had been scheduled at 10 a.m.

Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., and House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member Sam Farr, D-Calif., announced Tuesday that they would oppose the measure. The United Farm Workers praised Valadao for his decision and noted that UFW members had marched in front of the office of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in Bakersfield, urging him to oppose it.

“This one-sided bill, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte [R-Va.], would roll back farm worker protections that the UFW and other farm worker groups have fought for during the past five decades. The Goodlatte bill is not good for present or future farm workers,” UFW President Arturo Rodriguez said in a statement issued in Keene, Calif.

The UFW and agricultural employers have reached an agreement on an immigration plan that is included in the Senate version of the immigration reform bill.