S. 1384 (112th): HARVEST Act of 2011

Jul 19, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Saxby Chambliss
Senior Senator from Georgia
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Jul 19, 2011
53 pages
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S. 3912 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 29, 2010


This bill was introduced on July 19, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jul 19, 2011
Referred to Committee Jul 19, 2011
Full Title

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for the temporary employment of foreign agricultural workers, and for other purposes.


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Helping Agriculture Receive Verifiable Employees Securely and Temporarily Act of 2011 or the HARVEST Act of 2011 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to redefine "H-2A worker" to include a nonimmigrant who:
(1) is seeking to perform agricultural labor in the United States in a job for which U.S. workers are not available and willing to perform such service or labor, and
(2) commutes each day across the U.S. border and returns to his or her foreign residence and place of abode at the end of each business day.
Sets forth employer and employee association petition and attestation requirements.
Requires H-2A employers to participate in the the E-Verify program.
Requires: (1) the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct investigations and random audits of employer work sites; and (2) the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide each H-2A worker with a single machine-readable, counterfeit-resistant document that authorizes the alien's U.S. entry, serves as an employment eligibility document, and has at least one biometric identifier.
Sets forth provisions regarding: (1) penalties; (2) working conditions, wages, transportation, and housing; (3) admissions and extensions of stay; and (4) worker replacement.
Amends the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act to:
(1) limit the conditions under which the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) may provide legal assistance for any alien or provide financial assistance to any person or entity that provides legal assistance for any alien,
(2) require a good faith mediation attempt prior to bringing a civil action for damages on behalf of an H-2A worker,
(3) require an H-2A employer to post LSC contact information in the dwelling and at the work site of each nonimmigrant employee in a language in which all employees can understand, and
(4) require that the LSC pay a prevailing defendant's costs.
Authorizes appropriations to adjudicate H-2A petitions.

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