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Text of the Dairy and Sheep H-2A Act

This bill was introduced on February 13, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 13, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 292

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 13, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a special rule for the period of admission of H–2A nonimmigrants employed as sheepherders, goat herders, or dairy farmers, and for other purposes.

1.

Short titles

This Act may be cited as the Dairy and Sheep H–2A Act or the DASH Act .

2.

Nonimmigrant status for dairy workers, sheepherders, and goat herders

Section 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act(8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a))is amended by insertingor who is coming temporarily to the United States to perform agricultural labor or services as a sheepherder, goat herder, or dairy worker,afterof a temporary or seasonal nature,.

3.

Special rule for period of admission of H–2A nonimmigrants employed as sheepherders, goat herders, or dairy workers

Section 218(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act(8 U.S.C. 1188(h))is amended by adding at the end of the following:

(3)

In the case of an alien admitted as an H–2A worker for employment as a sheepherder, goat herder, or dairy worker—

(A)

the initial period of admission shall be for a period of 3 years;

(B)

the period of admission may be extended for additional periods of 3 years; and

(C)

no period of absence from the United States may be required as a condition of approval of an extension undersubparagraph (B).

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4.

Provisions by the Secretary of Labor

TheSecretary of Laborshall issue regulations that address the specific requirements for the provision of housing to sheepherders, goat herders, and dairy workers.

5.

Savings provision

Nothing in section 218 of the Immigration and Nationality Act(8 U.S.C. 1188), as amended by this Act, may be construed to preclude theSecretary of Laboror theSecretary of Homeland Securityfrom continuing to apply special procedures and requirements to the admission and employment of aliens in occupations involving the range production of livestock.